We all have people in our lives who influence us - whether for good or bad. I'd like to share a little about a person who influenced me for the better.
There was a difficult time period in my life - about 12 years ago - where I just really felt it hard to believe that God loved me. I seriously considered dropping out of church and not living for the Lord. I didn't have any "huge" sins in mind - I just didn't feel like Bible-reading and church-going were for me any longer.
But then, there was Ray.
Ray was the greeter at Wal-Mart. We saw him every time we went (which was quite often). He had a cheery smile and ready "hello" for us each time we walked through Wal-Mart's doors. We could have been his long-lost relatives, as heartily as he greeted us!
But then I started noticing how he greeted everyone else. It was exactly the same. No matter what the person looked like, rich or poor, he had a happy face and genuine greeting for each and every person.
And then one day I happened to notice his bracelet. WWJD. What Would Jesus Do? And I realized he was living out his life for the Lord, right there inside Wal-Mart's doors. Each person got a glimpse of our Savior through the smile of Ray.
The Lord worked through Ray to reach out His loving arms to me. Through Ray, I realized anew God's love for me. And I knew that I could never walk away from God. All because of the greeter at Wal-Mart.
Ecclesiastes 9:10a "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might."