Proverbs 13:20 (CEB)
“Walk with the wise people and become wise; befriend fools and get in trouble.”
Ok, seriously! There is just something so delightfully wonderful about the fact that I pull up to the Starbucks window and I’m like, “Good Morning!” and they are like, “HEATHER!!! WHAT’S UP!” and totally rattle off my drink. Then I proceed to the window and talk to them like I’m a total rockstar cause, well, I’m a stay at home mom so I need to feel like I’m totally rockstar to someone! hahaha. You all totally are right there with me and know exactly what I’m talking about. BUT……I think there’s more to it. I was pulling away from Starbucks one day, feeling really good about myself and all, thinking, shoot, if they really only understood the real Heather, you think they’d still be like, HEATHER, WHAT’S UP? Or more like HEATHER……can you use the back door to get your drink?
Isn’t it true though? I think some of the freedom of having surface peeps or acquaintance peeps in our lives that are hands distance away is that they don’t know everything. They don’t know the nitty gritty of the depths or the deep corners of our souls because that can get exhausting. I actually think its super freeing to have people like that in our lives. Yes, it’s important to have those closer around us to keep us in check emotionally and can speak into our lives on a deeper level but man, sometimes I just need someone to be like, dude, your tattoo is rad. The End. Right? Jesus had that. He was surrounded by His disciples constantly and ummmm…..they could be a real handful at times. I think hanging with those on the streets filled Jesus soul. Real people. Down to earth, speak it like it is. Those are my kind of people. Bar people! Yes! I was just with some this past week and come on now. Kind. Compassionate. Loving. I mean, you kind of need to be like, dude, I’ve got 4 kids and married so back up the truck, but then, they really just want someone to listen ya know. They just want us to be Jesus.
Best part of these wonderful people is they just want to feel loved, even on the surface level. Many of them don’t even have a deep connection with anyone so just your ‘Good Morning!’ or ‘How are you?’ makes them feel like they can keep going for the rest of the day. And guess what, it kind of fills something for you too doesn’t it? Maybe, just maybe, you are planting a little Jesus seed in there without even knowing it. BAM!
“You are somebody’s reason to smile.”