Simple reminders.

9591c-10954596_10205826788807020_8014777790827034424_nToday before work, I prayed for reminders of God’s love.

This is something that I pray often because it’s so easy to get caught up in the chaos of life and forget to slow down and remember that God is with me every step of the way.  Sometimes His reminders are bright and neon and flashing, and I couldn’t miss them if I tried.  Other times, they are soft and subtle, and I have to really open myself up to find them.  But they are always there. 

On the way home from work tonight, I ran into a woman who lives in my building.
She stopped me and said: “I just wanted to thank you because you always hold the door open for me when I’m coming inside with heavy bags. And I’ve seen you talking to my dad and patiently holding the door for him too.” (He is 90, has scoliosis and moves very, very slow. And he is also one of my favorite people in the building!)
Then, she said: “You are so sweet, and I just wanted to thank you for being so sweet.”
I honestly had no idea who this woman was until she mentioned her dad, and I would not have expected her to recognize me. The purpose of this post isn’t to say how awesome I am (that clearly goes without saying) but it reminded me how powerful our actions can be.
Something that we don’t even think about could be remembered by someone else for a long time because of how it impacted them. It made me think twice about everything I say and do, and where it is pointing others.  My hope is that it’s to Jesus, but I also realize that I fail miserably at this sometimes.  In those instances, I am thankful for His Grace.

So, I’m not only thankful that she stopped to tell me these things, but also that God answered my prayer this morning through her.  He sure is an awesome Guy!