“What is your name?” often turns non-events into ministry opportunities.
One of my spiritual goals is to make my every encounter with another person the best experience of their day. I especially like showing love to those who serve me at grocery stores and gas stations.
Last week, I contracted with a firm to do minor repairs at my house. At the appointed hour a young man appeared, ready to work. At first, he was reserved and avoided making eye contact with me.
I asked, “What is your name?” He replied, “Carlos.” Hearing a slight accent and remembering that Latinos come from a long list of home countries, I followed up with, “What country do you come from?”
“My home is Acapulco,” he enthusiastically answered. Being recognized as a person seemed to open the flood gates; Carlos openly shared with me about his home, his family life, and his hobbies.
As we talked, Carlos worked. (I have never found that treating someone as a person results in shoddy work.)
Sometimes, my smile and friendliness just produce smiles. Sometimes they open doors to other hearts. Regardless, they always increase my awareness of God’s presence.
Contributed by Mark Kelley, Eugene Friends