Has someone done a small thing for you that had a lasting impact?
Hundreds of people have done so much for me it's hard to choose just one story. So, I will tell you about my granddaughter, Kayla. She is almost five months old. For the first three months I suffered from 'Don't Break the Baby' syndrome. That little person terrified me. I was pretty sure I could damage her in some way so I gently held her at arm's length like she was made of fine crystal. Pretty to look at but I shouldn't touch it.
But something wonderful happened Thanksgiving eve. Kayla and I were playing on the floor together and she giggled. That sound felt like the most wonderful affirmation I ever received. I wanted another one so I picked her up without thinking. I whisked her around the room and danced with her. I made silly sounds as we danced. She looked at me kind of startled but her astonishment gave way to a smile. We played together for a little while longer as my feelings of inadequacy vanished.
It's the little things that can make a lasting impact. A little thing like the sound of a baby giggle filled an emptiness I didn't know was there. It gave me courage and helped me feel confident. Kayla may not ever remember what I said or did. But I won't soon forget how I felt. I became less fearful so I could become more accessible and loving. What a fantastic trade! Who might benefit the most if we all took the time to value the little things this Christmas? It reminds me of that famous quote from Maya Angelou, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. Luke 1:57-58 (NIV)