I was blessed to be on the launch team for Karen Ehman’s new book Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World. From the first pages, it reminded me how vital it is to “scatter kindness” in a world that’s oftentimes very unkind. It also reminded of a day when I cheerfully interrupted my life and scattered kindness to a forgotten soul.
This is my Listen, Love, Repeat story:
The Autumn air swept across my face as I entered mile three. I ran, peering anxiously through the trees ahead. He didn’t know it, but he was about to meet Jesus— face-to-face.
For weeks, I exclaimed “Good morning!” as I jogged by. He’d faintly wave, never looking up. My heart would cry out, “Lord, let him know he’s loved!” But in his cold and harsh world, I’m sure he felt as if love had forgotten him long ago.
In Listen, Love, Repeat, author Karen Ehman writes:
Jesus wasn’t about doing big things. He was about doing the right thing. And often for him the right thing was noticing one simple soul. ~Karen Ehman
Making a difference in someone’s life takes personal sacrifice.
With a few purposeful dollars tucked in my pocket, I ran with conviction—excited to interrupt my life for this one simple soul.
I arrived at Chick-fil-A and ordered a large coffee and a breakfast sandwich to go. On a napkin, I wrote, “Jesus loves you, and He sees you.”
He seemed confused when I approached, probably used to the world passing him by. I told him God had placed it on my heart to bring him a meal. He stood up; our eyes, and our souls finally met. This man who could barely wave, could now barely contain his smile. “Oh, thank you,” he said. “Thank you so much.”
I knew it had been too long since he’d felt a warm touch, so I put my arm around his shoulders. His coat was cold, rough and dirty. My heart broke.
I said I hoped the meal would brighten his morning. He couldn’t stop thanking me; his tired face was now beaming with gladness.
I continued on my run—tears streaming.
Father, thank You for helping me see this man right in front of me. Through my simple act of kindness, I pray he met Jesus— face-to-face.
Or do you not realize about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you?” 2 Corinthians 13:5
Karen Ehman has a genuine passion for being a blessing to others. Listen, Love, Repeat will change how you see the world around you. And don’t worry, if you need help knowing how scatter kindess, Karen’s book is filled with ideas (And delicious recipes!) to help you on your journey to Other-Centered Living!
To visit Karen Ehman’s website, click http://www.karenehman.com/