Heath Kimmell said it Monday night: “Tim, if I’m gonna do this, I’m gonna have to change the way I shop.” Amen, Heath. Me, too.
What I’m talking about, of course, is reaching out to the community by “flinging seeds” everywhere I go. Gas stations. Grocery stores. Lowes. Target. Whereever. Everywhere. It’s a challenge, but it’s been fun, too.
I make it like a game, seeing if I can learn the name of the folks I run into. The trick will be to remember their names when I see them again.
I won’t have that problem in Starbucks. As I told you Monday night, the last time I went through the drive-thru, I ordered the biggest (“Venti”) coffee I could. I then inquired about the lady’s elbow (I had remembered her by the fact that she has tennis elbow like me and her voice is unmistakeable). She was taken aback by me remembering her affliction and then, after realizing that the coffee had been started and her credit card machine was on the blink, and that I had no cash, she gave me the coffee for free.
Yesterday, I went to Starbucks looking for her and it was her day off, but I did find out her name and that she would be there this morning. So, this morning I went into Starbucks, told her how much I appreciated her friendly service (and free coffee), and that I had a (temporary) remedy for her elbow… a free 60-minute massage… and I handed her the gift certificate for the massage.
She was beside herself and nearly cried with everyone in the store watching. It made my day (and probably my week).
Flinging seeds of God’s love is great! This is gonna be fun!