Thursday, April 3, 2008



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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14 comments:

Tami Boesiger said...

What a nice story! You never know how a seemingly routine encounter can impact your day. Thanks.

Susan said...

Hey Heather,

What a touching story. Thanks for being so sensitive to Dale's need.

We have been discussing this at church these days. Really praying, even on the spot at times!

I had a telamarketer call and start telling me his son was afraid of the storms these days! I offered to pray and he was shocked.

We are living in such perilous times.

You are such a bright light!

Have a blessed day Heather. I'm so glad you got your smile back♥

IRENE said...

Don't you just love those little moments of epiphany, when life takes a beautiful glow, when we feel useful, that our life can make a difference?
I enjoyed reading your post. Thank you.

Denise said...

Such a heart touching story, bless you.

mamasmurf said...

A truly inspiring post! Your "small change" will probably do quite a lot for Africa.
Keep on praying and smiling!
~Chrissy

Robyn said...

Heather, I am so sorry you were having a bad week. Hang on, spring weather is right around the corner!!

Your story about Dale is so inspiring. There are not many Christians where I live and I absolutely love encounters like this when I do have them. I'll pray for Dale, too!!

A Stone Gatherer said...

A wonderful God moment! Thanks for sharing!

Lynn said...

Heather,

I love this. I treasure these divine moments our Lord allows in our lives.

You are going to be such a great part of our team. I am soooo looking forward to it. Love and hugs,

Lizerd said...

This post was beautiful and perfect for what I needed to hear (read) today. Life does bring some pain, difficulties, and tragedies, but moments like yours at the coffee shop and moments like mine reading your blog post help us remember that God is working in even the most difficult circumstances. Thanks for visiting my blog!
Blessings, Liz

Heather said...

Heather, this is the second post in as many days where I read about doing a good deed. You never know how your gesture of kindness touches another. Not only Dale, but to a congregation in Africa!

Have a blessed day!

lori said...

Heather that was AWESOME!!! Isn't it amazing what a little 'attitude' can do!! wow!!!

Thank God for Dale..he made your day....he was Christ in your life..and I'll just bet you took that little gift and went out and spread some sunshine yourself!!!

hugs,
lori

Jenny said...

Heather,
That is a wonderful story! I love when we get invited by God to invest in someone else's life and receive the blessing too!

Jen

Miss Sandy said...

What an awesome encounter! Thanks for sharing this uplifting story. I am sure your fifty cents and your prayers will go far!

twinklemom said...

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?"


That was fantastic and a great praise! It shows that sometimes, ministering can just happen right outside our door!