This week I have come across dozens of quotes that I love and have breezed through a number of great inspirational gift books. I have written many things down and have thoroughly enjoyed all that I read. However, when I stop and look back on my week and listen to my heart, there is one fleeting moment that stands out in my mind. I have dismissed it a few times as I have searched about something to write about this week but I keep coming back to it.
Zig Ziglar said, "You never know when a moment and a few sincere words can have an impact on a life."
Earlier this week, my family and I were eating at a local restaurant. As we were being seated, my husband recognized a man at the table next to us. He was a student who had graduated from the school at which my husband was an Assistant Principal. With him, he had his son who probably was about eight or nine years old. My husband shook the man’s hand and motioning toward the boy, said, "Is this your son?" Beaming with the kind of pride that is generally reserved for adorable infants and toddlers, the man said, "Yes, he’s a great kid!" My husband complimented the man, affirming that he’s probably a great kid because his dad is a pretty great guy. He shrugged with humility and after a few other short niceties, both he and my husband went back to attending to dinner.
I was taken by the moment. Sure, I kept my focus on my family, ordering dinner, etc. But I have thought of that brief encounter all week. I was struck by the father’s sweet response. How proud he was of his son! He didn’t even tell us his son’s name – all we learned is that he’s a great kid! I thought of what I’ve known for years – the power of words, especially the power of a blessing.
Years ago, we saw my daughter’s music teacher in the grocery store with her husband. She introduced my daughter to her husband as the best bass player in the school. Okay, so she was the only bass player in the school. She didn’t tell that part. That didn’t matter. She chose to speak a blessing in a quick thirty second encounter.
What are the first words out of my mouth when someone asks me about people I love? Their name? Their statistics? Their accomplishments? The latest "news?" Or, am I able to speak blessing to them and about them? It only takes a moment.
That moment and those few sincere words in the restaurant this week, did indeed have an impact on me. My guess, though, is that they had an even greater impact on that young boy.
It has been said that "All our talents increase in the using." (Anne Bronte) What talents do you have that can be strengthened with a little more use? How are you doing at blessing others? Are you known as one who gives "good reports" on the spur of the moment? What an exciting and rewarding way to live as we look for ‘moments’ and a ‘few sincere words’. This week, I encourage you to take a step back and realize what a blessing you can be. Then, take a step forward, and take a moment to bless someone! I’ll be doing the same thing.
Making "Moments" with You,