A thank you note rests on my desk–the cheery picture of flowers springs up from the cover. The words inside from a friend blessed by a small gift I sent her are written with her own hand. I have received and given many thank you notes, but one in particular changed my life.
I started a small writing group about ten years ago. We wrote devotionals–hearts crying out to the Lord. One woman struggled with being personal. Laying her soul bare on paper caused her hesitation, yet she overcame her fear in order to share God’s love with others. Her two daughters also wrote for my group — young women supporting their mother’s desire to share her faith through written words.
One day, I walked through a Christian book store, and I spied a lovely journal. “Send it to her,” I felt the Holy Spirit say. The image of my timid writing friend came to mind.
I bought the journal and a card. I don’t know what I wrote to her, but I’m sure it was something about writing with courage. I mailed it to her. She mailed a thank you note back. Nothing special. Simple deeds of friendship.
Three months later my friend died. It was sudden. She was too young. I spoke at her funeral — one of the hardest speeches I had ever given in my life. My words seemed so trivial — unable to capture my friend’s beautifully lived life. But her daughters were grateful.
Before I left, the eldest daughter grabbed my hand. She told me that her mother, who normally was very private, poured out her soul onto the pages of a journal. She had written my name on the inside cover, honored that I had thought of her. In just a few short months, she had shared the beauty and brokenness of her life.
The journal only three months old was the daughter’s most prized possession — a piece of her mother’s heart written down in words. A small gesture. A simple gift. A fleeing moment. A prompting obeyed can make a huge impact.
Like I said. It changed my life. Now when I feel the Holy Spirit prompt me to do this or to say that, I try to obey.No one knows the ripples one little act of kindness can make in the lives of others. Click To Tweet
You can read more devotionals like this one in my book, Simple Musings.