I Remember them, because He invested in them.
Our hearts often follow our currency. The Lord, then, asks us to invest in people, both near and far, so that our hearts are always with them, and our treasure is stored safely in Him.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:19-21).
While my wife and I were sitting at lunch one day, at a regular spot for us, I overheard a young couple across from us wrestling with some bad news. I didn’t need to hear the specifics, as my shepherds heart heard the key words I’ve heard thousands of times before.
It was then that I felt prompted by the Holy Spirit to bless them. I excused myself from the table, walked to my friend at the register, and quietly paid for their food. This is not noteworthy, he will often ask me if “that’s all” when I check out, as it’s something I’m prompted to do, well, often. He will ask, “What do I tell them?” Just, “their Father in heaven loves them.”
Here’s the point that connects us back to the words of Yeshua/Jesus. I remember each face of every individual, family, or group that I’ve been able to bless in that manner. Honestly, every one. In remembering them, I pray for them long after the food is gone, and probably long after the simple kindness has been forgotten.
Why? I’ve invested a little something that heaven invested graciously in me, in them, and there part of my heart is; this being but one of the ways of investing oneself in others. I was prompted to write this, after doing the dishes while praying for that young couple.
I pray that some part of this makes sense, and has blessed you. If so, then thank Him.
Be well. Shalom.
**I do not usually write or make public my personal faith practice, apart from the obvious leadership and mentorship roles I’m called to. I’ve shared this, not as a boast, but as an illustration of one aspect of the above verse on my heart. I pray it does not publish as a boast. And no, the people never know who blessed them, only the Lord.