This isn't a video about Jesus Christ. It's actually a life insurance commercial. Yea, I know, right? But it really is one of the best videos of Jesus Christ ever, without intending to be. Because the least of these is always him.
About a decade ago I read a life changing book titled Masquerading as Angels by Lance Richardson and Bruce Miller. It was a chronicle describing a vacation taken by two families with the purpose of finding people along the way to whom they could offer service.
While we haven't (yet) implemented the grand service vacation plan (yes, it's on my bucket list), it has been a constant reminder (when I remember) that — like the man in this video — we can find people to serve all day long, wherever we are. And we can change lives in the process (mostly our own).
Who can you bless today? Look around with me. I'd love to hear if you had something warm and fuzzy happen.
Incidentally, as I read the book, the second couple seemed more and more familiar. Some months later — after being on the high school reunion planning committee — I reconnected with an old high school friend, Janiel Miller, and asked if, indeed, she and her husband were that Bruce and Janiel. And they were. Not only did this little book change my outlook, but I have the honor of having reclaimed Janiel as a dear (and very awesome) friend. [If you do purchase the book, the proceeds go to support Lance's widow and their children.]
Thank you for these posts. They are bright spots in the middle of my week! Please keep doing them! 🙂
All right, where\’s a tissue? That was an incredible commercial. And that book sounds awesome! I\’m totally getting one to read and then share with my mom. My warm fuzzy of the day was having some kids over to play who are sometimes difficult to deal with. But I had the opportunity to invite one of them to my daughter\’s baptism this week- and who knows what might come of it? Also, it\’s good just to have these kids over so they can see what a clean, happy, gospel-centered home looks like. Maybe someday they\’ll remember that and want to find out how to have one for themselves.
Marie, thank you so much! Sincerely. My plan is to post one at noon every Wednesday. Trying to have some consistency. 🙂
Holly, I hope you truly realize what an important warm fuzzy that is. You may never know what the impact is, but it’s there.
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Over 10 years ago when I was walking outside with my first son, a kind man, whom I did not know, stopped me and thanked me for raising my child. He said he could tell that we had a special bond. He also said he knew that I’d made great sacrifices to be a mother. To this day, I remember his much-needed words of encouragement. I left a beloved career at the Ensign magazine to stay home with my baby. It was really hard at first to make the adjustment. I will forever be grateful for this man’s simple act of service to me.
Allison, thank you for sharing your story. Kerry, you have reminded me how little effort it can be to change a life for the better.