Sidenote: One of my improvements for this year is not caring about how many likes I get on Instagram. That is such a bad habit that our generation has and truth is the amount of likes or comments is in no indication of how great the photo or person is. I think it is ridiculous that we base people on followers and likes. I am guilty of this, but this year I am changing that. It is your Instagram. You post whatever you want whenever you want (within reason)!
Anyways, we landed in Dallas and had around a four hour layover and because it was that awkward time in the day where you are still full from lunch, but not ready for dinner yet, I decided to go to Starbucks. I order my usually frap. and a great conversation started when the women asked me my name (to write on my cup).
“So what’s your story?” she says.
I was kind if taken away by this question, but I understood her question because everyone does have story!
I said, “Well I am from Arkansas and I am Southern AND Thankful!”
As she writes that on my cup, I tell her, “Growing up in the South I learned how important it was to be thankful. You know they say you can ask God for things, but in return you need to give thanks. I actually have a blog called Southern and Thankful were I write about one thing I am thankful for everyday and in doing this, I hope that others can see Christ through me and also get some enjoyment out of my life. You know you can be thankful for he biggest things and also the smallest things. I encourage you to visit my blog and I encourage you to always be thankful.”
She said, “We need more people like you in the world. Have a great day!”
*obviously this is not word for word, but it is pretty close
I was absolutely amazed. I mean what are the odds something like this would happen in such a random place. Who knows if she has visited, but just getting to share this story made me appreciate the task that I feel like God has placed on my heart. It is not easy to write everyday and sometimes feel like no one is really listening. It goes back to posting things on social media. I link this everyday to my Facebook and Twitter and sometimes Instagram, but I have often been discouraged with the amount of likes or comments I get. Like I said, I realized that this is stupid because just because someone doesn’t like it, doesn’t mean that they don’t read it. It would help my confidence, but either way I know I am still reaching people whether they “like” it or not! Sharing with someone face to face is always so fun to me. It reminds me that I do have a purpose and in that moment I am reminded that this is paying off. I do not know how much that worker was effected by me, but guess what? She was and that is all that matters. I planted the seed, she has to water and make it grow. I am thankful for God’s timing and the conversation I had with the complete stranger yesterday in the Dallas Airport.
Even though I was not able to share here, I was doing some sharing in other areas yesterday! I pray that God continues to use me and I pray this will crazy dream I have of making an impact on the world will become a reality one day. Until then, stay southern and thankful my friends!
Southern and Thankful