This has been a challenging week. I've been quite wrapped up in the difficulties, the pain and the tragedies life brings. Yesterday morning, I went into the coffee shop to get a little mocha and I came out with a bright new smile.
The man behind the counter was talking to the woman in front of me in line. They must have known each other because they were joking about giving tips. He might have wanted a monetary tip but she had some silly life tips to give instead.
Then, he ended the conversation by adding, "Just don't say you're going to pray for me and then not do it. Because that would really suck." So, I came up to the counter and offered, "How about if I say I'll pray for you and I really do it?"
He smiled and kept messing around with his lanyard containing a nametag. I finally understood that he wanted to make sure I knew his name. Dale. "Ok I'll be sure to pray for DALE, but God knew your name anyway, right?"
Then, after my coffee was ready, I gave the change to my son to put in the tip bucket. He loves to hear the tinkering of coins. Dale looked at my son and said, "I'm going to use this tip money to help build a church in Africa."
Well, Dale, I don't know what my fifty cents will do for Africa (probably more than I can imagine), but your attitude today has blessed me. And I pray that it will continue to bless the people who come in and out of this place all day.
I walked out the door to the sun shining down on my face, the birds chirping praise to God and then I ran smack into the middle of the messiness of life. But, Dale helped bring a peice of sunshine into my day. Thanks Dale!
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