Pastor Jim Hardenbrook
A few days ago Pam and I were shopping for groceries. That particular store was going to require face masks for anyone shopping in their store the next day.
On our way out I stopped to visit with the persons at the entrance. I wanted to encourage them and ask about their concerns regarding what they might face the next morning. They were worried. Part of their concern had to do with what they had experienced that day.
Angry, abusive people might be a small percentage of their customers but those folks really stood out in the minds of these two employees.
That conversation reminded me of this quotation:
You be the one who lowers the volume and calms the situation, who smiles kindly, who says "I'm sorry" with no sarcasm, who shows them grace. You be the face of Jesus to them.
I look forward to the next time I ask the question of an employee at the door of a business and they respond, “Oh you wouldn’t believe how nice folks have been today!”
You and I can be “the face of Jesus” for someone today…or not.
Make your choice.