This past week, while finishing up some last minute shopping, I was struck by how relieved surprised pedestrians seemed when I came to a complete stop for them AND smiled in the process. Such a simple gesture. Why wouldn’t I always do that? Sigh! 

The pedestrians expression immediately reminded of a post I did back in 2011, which goes right along with this series. Thank you for allowing me to share it with you once more:

I’m a bonafide multi-tasker.

Who else could belt out Joy to the World while nearly mowing down a couple exiting the local Bi-lo?

The expression on their faces coincided with a gentle shoulder tap from the One who didn’t become flesh to hear me sing about Him—but rather for Him—by remaining in tune with the Spirit.

Since that fateful night in the Bi-lo parking lot, I’ve been reminded just how powerful the practical can be when I am:

  • Igniting
    my prayer life before the engine, asking God to reveal divine
    opportunities in living out His joy, mercy, and love to those driving
    too slowly, the rude and weary waitress, or the woman who plops down 20
    items in a 10 item lane.
  • Stopping
    for pedestrians at the malls, Target, Walmart and alike. (No doubt the
    couple wished I’d been enlightened on this one a bit sooner.) Better
    yet, stop and smile as you wave
    them on, assuring them they’re not an intrusion on your day, but a
    divine appointment. It’s also the perfect opportunity to pray for them
    as they make their way ever-so-slowly by your car.
  • Going
    the extra mile for Salvation Army bucket volunteers by picking up a
    bottled water for them in addition to your donation. If it’s nippy
    outside, consider delivering a hot cocoa from a nearby place, thanking
    them for their willingness to volunteer for the benefit of others.
  • Smiling. Sharing a warm hello. We never know who needs it the most, but God does (the beauty of God’s providential prompts!)

It
matters not if any of the above actions are reciprocated. What matters
is that we take every opportunity to impart God’s joy instead of simply
singing about it. 

How about you? Is there a simple way you’ve found to share the love of Christ with others during this holiday season? 

Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Colossians 4:5