Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hello

Something happened yesterday and it is still bothering me about how I responded.

My morning went like this. I scheduled a FedEx pick up and the truck came early in the morning. My doorbell rang. I looked out the door (the screen was open) I said "Oh it is you." I picked the box up from the chair next to the door and handed it to the man. The man's response was "Gee thanks, that greeting didn't sound welcoming. I hope you have a better day."

Now I thought that was rude of him. My day is going good. Then last night my day took a turn as I got some disappointing news. This made me think of the FedEx man's comment. That is when it hit me. He thought I was in a bad mood because of my rude greeting to him! I felt so bad. I should never answer the door that way. He could have been an angel coming to give me a message. God does use all kinds of people to share his word. The more I dwelt on this the more I wish I could tell the man how sorry I am. From now on I will answer the door with joy and greet whoever with a smile from God.

So this got me to thinking. How often do I respond to people like this. Just a hi and move on to what I was doing or where I was going. Would it really hurt to say "Good day, this is yet another beautiful day the Lord created."

Father,
I call upon you to help me greet each person though my day as if you are standing right next to me. For I know you are right beside me daily and I want to act that way. Lord fill me with your kindness when greeting friends, strangers and foes.

3 comments:

Linda said...

Hi Sandi,
Thank you for your prayers and all your sweet comments.
I know just how you feel. There are times I wish desperately that I could call back my words. I think you've given us real wisdom in this post.

Sharon Brumfield said...

Maybe He was an angel and God was using him to teach you a little something. :)
I guess we never know where someone is or what is going on in their life.
Thinking beyond ourselves is so important.
I have a friend who answers the phone like someone died or she was angry that she had to answer the phone.
I know she does this and I have talked to her about it....she does it the same...it still makes me feel uncomfortable when I call.
I will think about this.
I want to make others feel encouraged when they speak to me.
Thanks for posting this.
I pray your guy comes back and you can give him a proper good-day!

SharonB said...

WOW Sandi, this is a really good post. We so often give a quick hello and continue on without even thinking about it. Our light should always shine...even in a hello!