So I'm sitting in Starbucks. (No - not for coffee. You know I don't like coffee. But I sure do love hot chocolate.)
The girl beside me is reading her Bible. She's been reading it for a good 20 minutes now. Very cool.
So the baristo (Is that what you say when it's a guy? I don't know but he's a guy working at Starbucks so yeah) leans over the counter and tries to get her attention. She doesn't hear him so I tell her that he wants to tell her something.
When she looks up he says,
"It's such an encouragement for me to see you reading the Word. Thank you for doing that. That's awesome."
She smiles and says thanks and then thanks me for getting her attention.
Basically this is what happened:
Girl reading Bible --> Guy encouraged --> Tells her --> Girl encouraged --> I witness all this --> I'm encouraged.
Why don't we do this more?? It literally took 5 seconds for all three of us to be encouraged. We are strangers. But it doesn't matter. We are brothers and sisters in Christ!
It's little moments like that when I think to myself, "Wow, I love being a part of the body of Christ."
So this is what I learned tonight at Starbucks:
1. Reading God's Word is amazing and ALWAYS worth my time. It can encourage others too.
2. When I see other people in the Word, or helping others, or anything positive really - why not tell them thank you? Why not mention that they inspire me? I talk about negative stuff way too much - I should be focused on encouraging others!
3. The first step of encouragement is being observant. When I'm in my selfish little bubble and oblivious to the world around me, I'm not gonna be very uplifting.
4. Life is way too short to not be kind to people. Really, genuinely kind - overflowing with the love of Christ. No matter where I am. Or if I'm in a hurry or stressed out or worried or anything else that could hinder me.
Praise the Lord for the encouragement of strangers!