“Look what I just bought!” my mother-in-law beamed as she proudly produced a brand new sugar container. She proceeded to show me the nifty way it opened, unlike the jars of old with the little metal flap.
Now, most people would likely not be impressed with her recent purchase, but for me, it was special. The appearance of this sugar container in her home was a direct result of her thinking of me. When we have family gatherings my father-in-law always makes coffee. Two pots–one regular and one decaf. Of all of my family members, I’m the only one who uses sugar. A side note: I tried for a whole month to drink it black…I. can’t. do. it.
The older I get, the more and more I realize that it doesn’t take much to make someone’s day. We have neighbors who keep a special kind of soda in their fridge for the neighbor boy. Growing up, I had neighbors that kept a special drawer in their kitchen that had snacks just for me. My mamaw would often make me banana pudding (one of my favorites) and my grandma would have cheese curls, corn chips, and other treats. When people pay attention to your likes and dislikes, it means something. I keep croutons around, mainly because one of my son’s friends loves to snack on them. Suddenly, I’m noticing a food theme, how about you?
What do you do in your home for someone that says, I see you? Have you given a friend something lately to let you know you are thinking of them? It doesn’t take much. A favorite candy bar, a book you know they’ll like, or even just a quick note of encouragement are all things that let people know they are on your mind. If you have been the recipient of someone’s generosity this way, you know how much it means. We all know how these things make us feel, but too often our pace of life gets in the way of taking the time to bless others. Don’t underestimate the importance of letting others know you truly “see” them.
Comment below with an example of how someone has made you feel extra special!