I was blown away yesterday.
I think most people who enjoy social media understand the phenomenon that is the Facebook birthday celebration, but yesterday was more than I’ve ever experienced. My phone app literally blew up, making the app “freeze” to the point of having to restart the phone. It was incredible.
Now, I don’t say this to make you think I have thousands of fans and admirers; I don’t. I don’t say it to make myself seem super popular, either. I say it because I was humbled by the experience. I was humbled that people would stop and take time out of the day to give me a simple wish for happiness. Me. Many don’t know me all that well, and some, not really at all. Yet, they made the effort to click on over with a blessing.
Perhaps you think I’m making too big a deal out of this, but, for me, I could actually feel my heart filling. My attitude was better, my outlook bright and happy. I had an actual spring in my step (despite the blasted orthopedic boot) and suddenly, anything seemed possible.
So, I wonder. I wonder what would happen if we all did this every day, for no particular reason other than blessing. To the people in the elevator, or the checker at the store, what if you looked them in the eye and wished them a really great day? What if you told those whom you actually know and work with, how much you appreciate them, and the people you love why you do? What if you chose five of your Facebook friends every single day to just pop over and say thank you for brightening the community?
I think you’d see a world, formerly a little downcast, suddenly looking brighter, with a spring in their step and a hope that anything was possible. You’d see the world looking a little more like I think it was meant to, and you know what?
I think we’d all think it was a pretty big deal.
A big, blessed deal, indeed.
“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:3-4 NLT
“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” Luke 6:31 NLT
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV