I didn’t do it on purpose. I promise, it wasn’t intentional that I completely skipped this post. The truth is I forgot it, and only noticed yesterday when I was verifying how many posts we have left in our 31 Days to Impact series.
Although, it has taken me much longer to write than planned, I am glad I stuck with it. There are posts that took on new dimensions than I originally planned. I am OK with that. In fact, I am more than OK with that. The extra time caused me to slow down and really be intentional about making an impact in the right way.
This series was borne out of my desire to make an impact in my every day, walking around life. That is the lesson I learned in Thailand. I want my life to make a difference- a Kingdom difference- every single day.
To do that, I have to be intentional. I can’t sit back and wait for opportunities to arise.
Opportunities arise out of the blue sometimes. God opens unexpected and crazy doors all the time. But those opportunities don’t land on your doorstep every day.
You know what door opens in my life over and over and over again?
That’s right. Standing in line at the grocery store.
Grocery shopping is not exciting, but it doesn’t have to lack purpose. What makes the difference is my intention.
Several months ago I realized the same lady checks me out almost every time I shop.
So, I decided to seek her out and wait in her line regardless of the fact that another line might be shorter. I decided to start calling her by name, to ask her questions, to see her.
That decision changed everything.
Now, she knows my name. We talk. We laugh.
My hope is that this intentional pause from going through life without noticing the people and things I pass without a second thought on a daily basis, will make a difference.
I pray for my cashier now. I pray God will continue to give me opportunities to share His love with her, even if it is only through a patient smile or by someone caring enough to call her by name. I pray I make an impact.
When we are intentional things begin to happen. Things like serving people in Thailand, in India, in Africa, in Honduras, and even people at your local grocery story.
Where are you on a daily basis? How can you be intentional about making an impact in both the every day and the extraordinary?