If you read my blog regularly (I know, that would require that I write regularly), then you might remember me talking about the young schemer who came in looking for encouragement. While we were in agreement that it would be a bad idea to give him cash, we made it clear that he was welcome to come have a coffee even if he lacked the funds.
Today, he came in and took me up on the offer. And it warmed my heart. Because of his life decisions, he's homeless and someone else has custody of his son. He'd mentioned that before. It's what brought him to our neighborhood. Visiting his son.
Now it's spring break. His son has a lot of free time. What a great opportunity for an adventure! But he's broke. So they came here.
I prepared a coffee for him and a cocoa for his son. They sat and talked, read a magazine together, played a game and worked on a puzzle. Nothing life-changing, and all at the speed of a ten year old. But it made me feel good. I watched them interact and thought "That's what we're here for."
In our society we can get so focused on the big picture that we miss a lot of what's important in life. Those little joint experiences that knit hearts together. Even in the church, you'll hear a lot of talk about changing the world. We're all striving to make an impact. We want to have something big to point to and say "I did that."
I use the word "we" very intentionally. I get sucked into that as often as most.
But today, I watched that father and son interact and was thankful for the opportunity to facilitate it.
Because it's the little things...