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My morning routine usually includes the Power Almond Quinoa Oatmeal (which I “doctor up” of course) from Panera Bread.

As I entered this particular morning, you could hear the young lady before she was in sight. She ‘bellowed’ her next move or whatever she was thinking at the moment. The young lady appeared to be in her twenties but sounded as if she was six years old.

With her order placed, she and the woman accompanying her carried their cups to the drink dispenser. I walked behind them. Since they went for the lemons (so I incorrectly surmised), I took the liberty to begin filling my cup with water.

All of a sudden, the young lady was next to me—just as I had pressed the water lever. So, I said the only thing that came to mind: “Did I cut in front of you?” Without blinking, she said, “Yes!” (Rather loudly, I might add.)

The woman with her, obviously embarrassed, tried to apologize to me, but I softened her anxiety by stating, “Well, tell it like it is!” She thanked me for my kindness and understanding of her child-like friend.

The prep time for the “Power” is approximately six to eight minutes. So, I sipped my water and listened to the sounds of other orders being given, ice pouring, morning chatter, AND “her.”

I thought that she would keep walking, but she stopped in front of me and said, “Cheers!” as she extended her cup of water. Surprised by the gesture, I smiled and said, “Cheers!” as I gently touched my cup of water to her cup. Then she shuffled off, oblivious to what our encounter had meant to me.

I was warmed and humbled by this simple one who saw ME! Can you imagine how many times she goes unnoticed or even unappreciated because of her mental state? Yet, she could not pass me without invading my space. What a welcomed invasion!

Who, within your sphere of influence, needs to be seen today? Who does God want to encourage as you go about your normal or not so normal routine?

May we be bold and biblical yet as innocent as this child-like young lady, translating God’s love to “our” world.


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One Comment

  1. Shana Hensley
    Posted July 10, 2017 at 8:19 am | Permalink

    As I “caught up” on missed blog posts this morning due to life’s busyness.. THIS post warmed my heart! Such a picture of how in my own life, I often miss out on the beauty of opportunities to pass on an encouraging “Cheers!!” to those around me! Such a simple gesture can mean so much! Thanks for this post, Shelly! CHEERS to you!

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