Do you ever wonder why God puts certain people in your life? Have you ever you realized that the next person you meet could very well be the person God has placed in your life to completely turn it in a positive direction?
I have been blessed over the years to meet some pretty amazing people. Some of those people were placed there to speak into my life, others for a unique friendship, and yet others to help me reach certain goals. On the flip side, I believe some of the people God has allowed me to meet were there so that I could speak in to their lives.
Some people go through life hoping to meet othere strictly for their own selfishness. Their mindset is “what can you do for me?” But I can promise you this; if you go through life with that mindset you will never be completely blessed.
The next person you meet?
The next person you meet could completely set your life in a different direction.
Not because of something they can do for you; not because of something they can give you.
No, it could change your life because of something you can do for them.
A few years ago while serving as a hospital Chaplain, I was called to a patient’s room and told nothing other than that the patient was a twenty-something-year old young man, Scottie, that had just been diagnosed with cancer. I walked into the room and sat by his bed, not knowing what to expect of his demeanor. It didn’t take me but a couple of short minutes to see that he was not in the mood for a visit, so I politely told him that if he needed anything to just have the nurse call.
For the next couple of days, I did what I call a “drive-by”; peeking my head into the door and just saying hello. After a few days, I was paged to his room and we struck up a conversation. I discovered that the young man was a National Guard Soldier; and when I shared with him that I was an Army Chaplain, the relationship bonded.
It wasn’t but a couple weeks later, around 3 am, when I received a call from the nursing staff, saying that his condition was going down fast, and that he had asked for me. I quickly got out of bed, dressed and rushed to the hospital only to find out I had gotten there too late.
You see, that young man had a lasting impact on me. To be completely honest, I am finding myself tearing up as I write this, even now. I only knew Scottie for about four weeks; but in those four weeks, he showed me what it means to truly live. He did not fear death, for he knew where he was going. He had taken care of his moth3r financially for the last few years, and he was more worried about her than about his own demise. He truly lived selflessly.
That young man ministered to me.
I was asked by his mother to preach the funeral in full military honors; what a privilege it was!
Whose life can you impact today? Whom can you serve and allow them to impact yours?
“Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself.” Philippians 2:3