Tuesday, March 13, 2007

More than a purchase

We often wonder how we can be effective to share the Lord with others.  It's common to believe that there are infrequent opportunities the Lord brings our way that are obviously intended for us to share our faith.  Yesterday it occurred to me that we have a simple opportunity that takes place daily, and often multiple times each day.  The nature of life causes us to transact with others to purchase our goods and services.  Although technology is now separating buyer and seller through market places such as EBAY and gas pumps that silently process our plastic cards, most transactions still involve direct contact with another person.  During the brief exchange of words and cash we have a clear chance to value the person on the other side of the counter more than we do whatever we are buying.  The thing purchased does not compare in the slightest degree in value to the eternal worth of the person with whom we are dealing.  A good deal, financially, is to be appreciated.  But a better deal can be had.  Through our attitude and few words we can recognize the other party as a human being and send a brief signal of love.  We can establish the briefest of relationships by addressing the other person by the name they display on their nametag.  We can smile and go one step beyond "Have a good day" to find something just a little more creative and personal to appreciate about them.  The attitude of the world is to focus on the thing purchased and one's own interest.  Our attitude in Christ sees the thing purchased as God's provision and the person over the counter as God's masterpiece.
Deuteronomy 10:18 He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing. 19 Therefore love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Rob Smith

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