Be Intentionally Kind
by Jason Romano
“Always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within you. Do it with gentleness and respect.”
1 Peter 3:15
This verse above is one that I try to live by each and every day. To be ready to tell others about the hope that is within me. Never to force my faith, but to always be prepared.
A few weeks ago, I was in Evansville, Indiana for a quick trip to be with my friends Doug and Christie and their awesome ministry called On ONE.
As I met up with them at the airport, we proceeded to go to a restaurant to have some lunch. The waitress who came over and took our order was super nice and provided great service.
Before the meal was delivered, the three of us at the table stopped for a moment to pray for the meal and the day ahead. It was a typical prayer that I’ve heard before, and probably lasted 30 seconds, but sometimes God can do greater things than we can ever imagine if we’d just be obedient to Him.
After eating our meal (which was delicious by the way), I went to use the restroom quickly. As I came back out, I noticed our waitress and Doug and Christie praying. I snapped a photo because I was so moved, but also, was very curious as to what had just taken place.
Christie proceeded to tell me that the waitress noticed we had prayed before the meal and then felt compelled to come over and ask both her and Doug to pray for her because she was going through a rough time and her child was having health issues. I’m not sure if she was expecting to be prayed for right there at the restaurant, but as Doug told me, “why wait? I might forget about praying later.”
So prayed they did and the impact this had was so big. Christie connected with the waitress, followed up the next day, brought her a Bible, and even had the conversation about beginning a relationship with the Lord. I’m happy to say the waitress said yes to that.
I tell this story because it impacted me and I hope it impacts you as well. We never know what other people are going through and sometimes, a simple kind prayer can change a person’s life. Even at a restaurant.
This week, look for opportunities to pray for someone. Look for opportunities to be kind to someone. Look for opportunities to share about the hope that is found within you.
Have a great week!
Jason Romano is a speaker, author, media consultant and church leader with over 20 years of professional broadcasting experience on the regional and network level. Jason is now the host and producer of the Sports Spectrum podcast where he interviews athletes, coaches, and other personalities on the intersection of sports and faith.
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