Used by God

I logged back onto my Facebook account.

I’ve been away for 6 months, and didn’t miss it.

When I joined SC Lourie on the November Soul Reset, she sent out an email with an invitation to join a FB group. Being a part of a group allows you to be supportive of others. I’ve been able to do that, but social media doesn’t fulfill me like real life.

This weekend, I saw my first commercial where this guy mows his lawn, and it turns out perfectly. He posts a picture on social media, and receives over 100 likes. He is standing there on his lawn, phone in hand, beaming! Is that what life has come to?

hand thumbs up thumb black and white
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Yesterday, I made a conscious effort to help others. While running some errands, I asked God to use me. Walking into the grocery store, I smiled at people, and a few smiled back, while others looked away.

Once in the checkout line, a lady pulled up behind me in a motorized shopping cart. The front basket was filled to the brim, and I asked if she wanted help unloading it. She hesitated before saying ‘yes’.

As we were unloading her items onto the conveyor belt, I noticed she was moving very quickly, like she couldn’t get it done fast enough. I touched her arm, and said, “Slow down lovely. I’m in no hurry at all.” She smiled in relief and thanked me for my help.

After the grocery store, I went to buy firewood.

pile of wood logs
Photo by Luka Siemionov on

This girl in her 20’s came out to meet me, and we talked about multiple options of how much wood. She ‘liked’ my jacket, and I ‘liked’ hers, so while loading the wood we talked about jackets. I followed her inside the store, and paid for the wood.

Before leaving, I reached over and gave her a hug.

She hugged me back tightly. I don’t recall ever being hugged that enthusiastically by a stranger. She needed that hug. Thank you God for using me.


10 thoughts on “Used by God

  1. Thank you for this. I’ve been struggling and feeling so very lost lately. I remember a time when I used to love to connect with people in my day to day life. I remember a time when I used to work in a cafe and I had a customer who seemed a little down. I gave her a hug and made sure it was a good one, after a moment of awkwardness she relaxed into it and allowed herself to be held. I heard her let out the longest breath. Every time I saw her after that day she would ask for a hug.

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    1. When I feel lost, or lonely, that is my que to step outside of me. To connect with other people in real time. Everyone needs a hug. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful comment. xxx


  2. I have just thought about smiling at people and sometimes after I have been shopping and I arrive home. As I get out of my car, people pass by my house and I smile at them and they smile back. It has reminded me to do this more. Thank you!

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  3. This is a great reminder of the simple things that can change a life. Once several years ago I was grocery shopping and while I really dislike shopping I usually try to be friendly while doing it (I smile when I make eye contact and say hello or make conversation if the chance arises) any way that day I smiled at a lady as I passed and she stopped me. “You just made my day” she said. “You are the only one who has smiled at me. No one else has even made eye contact.” Her comment made my day as well. Thanks for this great message.

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    1. Aw….that’s so sweet, and sad at once. Our smile is freely given, and can be easily returned, but for her to say that….Wow. What we give into this world, is what we will receive. Thank you for sharing lovely. xxx

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