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"I am the LORD your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it."

Psalm 81:10 

I've been taking my time reading through my "book of the month" trying to absorb each page like my favorite after shave lotion. I am seeking to allow the Holy Spirit to rub the truths I am learning deep into my heart until all that remains is a fragrant aroma of Jesus. 

The author was writing about serving people through acts of kindness, preferring them in love. He wrote, "It's this simple: I want people to meet you and me and feel like they've just met everyone in heaven." I don't know about you but I haven't done a very good job of that throughout my life and I guess thats one reason I picked the book to begin with. I wasn't necessarily looking for something to read that I agreed with but rather something I struggle and need help with. I'll be the first to admit I need lots of help in loving people like Jesus loves them.

I decided I would take God at His Word when He moved the writer of Lamentations to pen, "This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD'S mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness" (Lamentations 3:21-23). Have you ever wanted a "do over"? That might represent a moment, a day, a season or even a lifetime. I am so glad God has planned a "do over" into every morning. You and I can start fresh every day! We don't have to drag our failures forward, we can rise up and begin again. 

My motivation began as I recalled reading a story about evangelist D.L. Moody who went to bed one night without sharing Jesus with someone that day so he arose from bed in the middle of the night and went looking for the first person he could share with. That person just happened to be a police officer who wasn't really interested in what Moody had to share. But Moody had met his self imposed vow to not go a day without sharing Christ so he went home and back to bed only to be awakened by this same officer at like 4:00 a.m. frantic that he was unsaved. He wanted Moody to pray with him to receive Christ and he did.

I didnt set a goal to share Jesus with someone every day as I felt that I would just fail and was just trying to imitate something God had led D.L. Moody to do. God was simply prompting me to love someone, anyone with the hope of making them feel like they had just met everyone in heaven. My opportunity wasn't planned, it was divine. God set it up, not me, so He gets all the glory. I was just filling my vehicle up with gas when I noticed a young man in his late twenties sitting on the ground outside the gas station/convenience store. 

I heard him talking to a couple of customers who entered the store before me while I was filling my vehicle but I couldn't make out the conversation. I assumed he was asking for either money or food but I couldn't tell. I didnt have any need to go into the store but I chose to go over and strike up a conversation. I like bikes and he was sitting next to a bicycle so I said, "nice bike" and he replied saying something like, "yeah it gets me a round." I proceeded to ask him if he was hungry to which he stated that he was. I invited him to come with me into the store and get something to eat. We went to the back of the store to the beverage section and he reached in and grabbed a cold ice tea in a bottle. I thought that was kind of strange since it was tea without sweetener in it. I thought at first he got it for me which would have been a real Jesus moment since I had not told him thats what I buy, same brand and all. As it turned out he wasn't getting it for me, it was for him. I looked at him I said, "would you like something else to drink too?", to which he responded with a surprised look on his face, "Really?" I said "yes, really" and he grabbed the largest 'Monster' brand energy drink he could find.

Next I said, "do you want a sandwich or something?", to which he responded once again, "Really?". I laughed and said, "Really." He didnt grab a sandwich but instead he went for the biggest burrito they made. His hands were full now but I said to him, "would you like some chips to go with that" and yes you can guess what he said, "Really?". Again I replied, "Really". He started to reach for a bag of chips and as he did I said, "you might want to go to the back of the store by the drinks as I noticed thats where the big bags of chips were" as I had seen a rack of them as he was selecting something to drink. You'll never guess what he said to me next? Ok, you guessed it, He said, "Really?" This time I told him I would not have mentioned it if I wasn't offering. He walked back and grabbed a big bag of chips and by this time he was carrying his selections like a new born baby trying not to drop anything.

He placed his items on the counter and the cashier began to ring them up when I said, "Hey, you didn't get dessert! You might want to check out the candy bars or something" and for the last time he said to me, "Really?". Even the sales clerk was smiling now when I responded back, "Really." The cashier bagged up the items and we headed back outside where I began to ask Him questions like if he believed in God because I wanted him to know that it wasn't me but that God who had purchased the items for him, I was just the "delivery boy". We talked for awhile and then I asked him if I could pray for him. Afterwards we shook hands and as I was walking away he was just sitting there on the ground smiling from ear to ear. Yet, I don't believe he was smiling half as big a smile as I was. Really! Loving others like Jesus loves them, expecting nothing in return satisfies like nothing else. 

As I was driving home the Lord established a goal for me. Unlike D.L. Moody who couldn't go to bed at night without sharing God's plan of salvation with someone, the Lord impressed upon my heart to make it my goal each day to seek to love someone, anyone in such a way that they are so blessed that their response becomes, "Really." And what I mean by "Really" is that whoever the Lord leads me to share His love with on a day to day basis, my hope is to leave them believing they have met everyone in heaven that day. How I'll know is when they say, "Really?" after being loved with the love of Jesus. Hopefully now it makes sense why Jesus said, "By this all men will know you are my disciples because you have love one for another." It would be much easier to just read people "the 4 spiritual laws" than it would be to love them unconditionally. 

Pray for me and I'll pray for you with this goal in mind today. May every person we meet today be left thinking they just met everyone in heaven after their encounter with us. May they be so overwhelmed by the goodness of God all they can say is "Really?" To God be the glory!

"Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?"

Romans 2:4


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