Do They Know You At The Coffee Shop?

Do They Know You At The Coffee Shop?

I have a dear friend who regularly gets coffee and sometimes a breakfast sandwich at the same place every workday morning. For many years she has purchased and given away little “pass-along” cards that have words of encouragement and blessing. Usually she writes a note on the back and, when she knows the name of the individual, she personalizes it.

Over the years this small gesture has given her the opportunity to sow hundreds of small faith seeds into the lives of people in all kinds of places. Because of this act of caring, she’s formed casual friendships with them.

The coffee shop isn’t the only place she leaves her cards. Grocery stores, the local bank, restaurants and other locations are ripe for moments of personal connection. As a result, the people who work in these places have come to know and trust her—they look forward to getting these tokens. One told her, “I still have the first one you gave me.”

Another said, “I have all of them.” Then she let her see where they were displayed in her work area.

She’s an amazing example of finding a way not only to share the love of Jesus, but to demonstrate that these people matter to her. One time a person commented, “This is a great ministry. How did you come up with the idea?”

God gives each of us ideas we can use to spread His love in ways suited to our personalities and lifestyles. As Colossians says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.”

Think about it today. What can you do to sow the love of God into lives around you?

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