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Joyously Interrupted

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” Colossians 3:1-2,15.

I walked into Walgreens last week when a young man asked for 30 seconds of my time after I finished shopping.  I said, “Sure,” and made my way in to finish my errands.  While I was in the store I decided whatever he was asking, I would give $5 to his cause, wish him a “Merry Christmas,” and go on my way.

When I walked out, I noticed the “Doctors Without Borders” sign on his table. He said, “Sir, do you still have a moment to talk?” I said, “Yes. Tell me what Doctors Without Borders is doing.” Then he leaned in and quietly said, “I can talk to you over here” (away from the table). It was an interesting request in the moment. 

Now his appearance could have given me pause–he was tattooed, and many probably would have described him as a “gang-banger.” But a peace was present and nudged me to step over and hear what he had to say.  He started saying, “I’m good at my job.” He repeated it three or four times. The first couple were for me, the others seemed to be to himself. 

As he said it, he turned away from me, when he turned back he had tears in his eyes. He said he had been out here for hours, and no one would stop to talk with him. No one was even saying hello or giving a holiday greeting. He said, “They don’t even want to see me.”  

He told me his job, creating awareness and signing up monthly donors (for $8 a month), was a promotion and reward for doing so well on his previous assignment. He loved the organization and the mission. And as eager as he was to share it, he was equally as defeated by the rejection he was feeling. I learned he is a brother in Christ and attends one of the larger churches in our area. 

We spoke for another few minutes. He cried. We prayed and exchanged phone numbers. I invited him to lunch this week. I don’t know what will come from it, but I do know that I was given an opportunity to have my day interrupted and the Lord burst through. What I thought was gonna be a $5 interaction cost me so much less, but offered so much more.

Daily Battle Order:

Kingdom Man, everyday, the Father gives us opportunities to rise above ourselves and immerse our heart in His body, with His mind. But fear, timing, and past experience often harden us into a sense of self-preservation and blind us to the peace and joy of love and action (Love Does). 

Today, be open and sensitive to the prompting and opportunity. Stop and listen to the first stranger who asks you for a bit of your time today.

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Joshua Holland
Joshua Holland
Dec 28, 2023

This message was right on time and very much needed. Thank you!

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