At the recent General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in San Antonio, Texas, a church member attending had an interesting experience. As he was walking in the airport, a United Airlines agent at the San Antonio airport beckoned him aside and said, “Excuse me sir, are you part of the large group there this week?”
“Yes,” was the reply.
“Can I share something with you? Over the 16 years that I have worked at this airport I have seen many groups come and go. We have had doctors conventions, lawyers conventions, all sorts of large groups coming through this airport, but I have NEVER seen a group this calm and positive. I have been listening to my CB radio today and all my other colleagues are calm and not stressed. The lines are very long out front and no-one is complaining.”
“Please share this with your people,” he continued. “I want them to know how much we appreciate working with you.”
“Well, thank you for sharing sir.”
Our fellow Seventh-day Adventist from our story says, “Thank you fellow Seventh-day Adventists for helping to improve the reputation of your Church in San Antonio, and thank you San Antonio for caring for 65,000 Seventh-day Adventists with grace and courtesy.
An experience I had myself at the General Conference, as we were milling among the multitudes in the Alamodome to attend the meeting, I noticed a young man, an employee of the city, busy doing his duty of removing a full rubbish bag from its holder and replacing with a new clean one. I could see on his face he was doing his work perhaps out of a sense of duty, and it as just his work of routine.
I just walked over to him and said, “While many may not notice, your work is appreciated, thank you for your part to keep it clean and tidy.”
He looked up at me and a large smile broke out from his sombre look and said, “thank you.”
Whether we are young or old, we can do so much to represent our God to so may other people who don't know him. When we all work together, we can make a whole city appreciate our presence. But just one of us when Jesus lives within, can make a big difference to even one person's day, and perhaps we will never know what it means to them this side of heaven.
Say a kind word, freely give away a genuine smile, help a soul if they are struggling. It will lift you up, and make someone’s day all the better for waking up in the morning as they face life’s many struggles.