Life can be full. Sometimes full of my own agenda. So full in fact that I can miss God’s agenda for me.
Yesterday we went to a once a month event in our area The Alameda Antiques Faire. It’s quite an event. Hundreds of vendors with thousands of items for sale; some crafted, some re-purposed, some simply collected and available.
Part of living the art I am learning I am meant to live involves connecting with people. In a Million Little Ways God comes out through me when I am living fully me. Fully authentic.
So when I see someone’s creative work I talk to them about it. That’s part of how I’m made. I ask them questions. I connect. And I share words of encouragement.
Yesterday I had the opportunity to give to a man who has spent hours designing, building and preparing for sale some amazing furniture made from wine barrels. I did not buy his wares. I wasn’t in the market for this size furniture. But he was an incredible artist and I was struck by his work and attention to detail. And I thanked him for his art. His name is Andrew Parker. He loves what he does so much that he has made 33 videos teaching anyone how to make your own wine barrel furniture and accessories. If you want to see his work or learn how to make something yourself you can find him at The Level Plumb and Square.
Taking a few moments to acknowledge his work and not just walk past didn’t really cost me anything that isn’t already God’s. I spoke to Mr. Parker briefly. Yet the joy on his face for the time I shared, and the words of encouragement I spoke, stuck with me the rest of the day.
It was a reminder to me that this is a simple way God wants His life to come out to the world through me: by giving encouragement.
What is a simple way that you show the life of God in you?