Never ever overlook a moment when someone is taking the time to thank you for how you’ve helped them in their journey through life! When that happens you absolutely have to stop everything and see how miraculous it is that you’ve made an impact on anyone, let alone a positive enough impact that they took the time to say “thank you” from the bottom of their heart.
Jesus once told his disciples this parable about how God would divide out people. Jesus talked about how God would say to His sheep, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25: 34-35 But watch how clueless the righteous sheep are about all of these quiet acts of love and service. They don’t remember ever actually doing any of it. They say to God, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25: 37-40
Honestly, that parable has always made me a little nervous because my life hasn’t really been marked by inviting every stranger into my home, going to lots of prisons or clothing naked people. But I think what Jesus is getting at is that when I’m serving Him, and out of the overflow of my love for Him I’m loving others, I just make an impact on others that pleases Him, and helps others, without me really even being aware I’m doing anything. That’s what I experienced the other day. A very kind individual said to me, “Andy I just want to thank you for the investment you’ve made in my life. I remember clearly when you said . . .” They shared with me something I don’t have any memory of saying, and yet God used what came out of my mouth to help them and encourage them. I treasure moments like that! I hope I can live out even more moments of service to God and love for others, where I’m so non-focused on me that I don’t even remember doing it until God brings it to my attention in eternity.