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by L.Joy Douglas firstname.lastname@example.org
The doctor’s office I go to has its own pharmacy, and one day recently I was standing in line to pick up a prescription. I glanced over and noticed the usual security guard. He has been working there for several years; a quiet but friendly man named Fred in his late fifties, sporting a classic 1980’s mustache.
He usually just sits in the corner watching patients come and go, never doing much but always calling out, “Have a nice day!” when people are on their way out. I often have often wondered if he is bored at his post. I mean, after all…he doesn’t actually do anything!
As I waited for my turn at the pharmacy window, a young couple came in with an adorable, curly haired tot around two years old. They sat down in the waiting room, and the child clearly looked miserable. Suddenly, Fred got up and approached the little family.
“Are you here to see the doctor?”
“She isn’t feeling well, huh?”
“What is her name?”
And then it happened. Fred knelt down and asked, “Would you mind if I prayed for Olivia?”
The child’s parents looked at each other uncomfortably but nodded their agreement. So right there in the middle of the doctor’s waiting room, Fred placed his hand on little Olivia’s head and prayed for her to feel better, for the doctor to help her and for her receive healing from the Lord. And when he was finished, he looked into her eyes and said, “Jesus loves you, Olivia!”
After picking up my meds, I headed for the exit, but at the last second, I stopped right next to Fred. “Thank you,” I said. “I just wanted you to know what a blessing it was to me and to them that you did what you did.”
His eyes lit up and he said, “Well, Praise God! You have a wonderful day!” I walked out of there smiling because now I know how Fred can sit there hour after hour, day after day, seemingly with nothing to do. He does have something to do! He is waiting for God to use him to bless others.
What a responsibility! Whether you are a nurse saving lives, a teacher building minds, a chef feeding mouths or even a security guard in a quiet waiting room…being used by God to bless those around us is an incomparably noble and high calling. Sometimes we may feel as though we are ineffective for the Kingdom, but it can be the smallest things that create the biggest impact. And for the ones we bless who are called to “pay it forward”, the blessings can spread like ripples far beyond what we ever intended or could even imagine.
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:40)
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)
Another wonderful aspect of blessing others is the fact that we are blessed in return. Proverbs 11:25 tells us, “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched…” Whether it is through praying for someone, feeding them, sharing the Gospel or just offering encouragement; in blessing others, we will ourselves be blessed.
As you head out to start your day, pray this simple prayer.
“Father, guide me today. Keep my mind focused on those things that glorify You so that I will be more attuned to hear Your voice. When you lead me to step into someone’s path and bless them, keep my motives pure and give me discernment to know how to best minister Your love to their hearts. Amen.”
© L. Joy Douglas