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Topic: Example (07/25/13)
TITLE: That Joy
By Tracy Stevens
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“My friend left her bag at my house, so I packed it up for her in order to return it to her that night” she began. As she spoke, I lifted my French pressed coffee to my lips- inhaled the lovely hazelnut aroma, and took an indulgent sip. “We had had a disagreement over an item, and she thought it was hers, but it wasn’t. I remember buying it a few months ago. I guess she thought she left hers here at my house the last time she was here” the young woman’s brown eyes sparkled as she began to share the details of the story. I wrapped my hands around my favorite brown coffee mug; the one with the small hearts etched around the edges. I traced them mindlessly with a finger while I listened intently.
“So as I gathered her things and placed them in her bag, I noticed the item she had argued with me about was buried under a sweater in her bag!”
“She STOLE IT?!” I exclaimed, suddenly disinterested in my coffee, however delicious, setting it down on the table.
“Well, I suppose that was her intent” the young woman paused thoughtfully and a thin smile crept across her face. Her brown eyes were filled with laughter and a joy that can only be found in one place; in walking with Jesus.
My first reaction was to ask how long it took the young woman to snatch the item out of the bag indignantly, stuff her friend’s belongings into the bag, zip it with gusto and toss it into her back seat! But I hesitated. The look on her face told me there was more to the story. So, raising an eyebrow I asked, “What did you do?”
Her answer astounded me. It hit me like an unexpected pillow to the face! “Well, I just took it out,” she began; (‘yes, of course she took it out’ I thought!) “and then I found a gift bag, and a few other things that she had admired in my house, and the item she had taken, and I put them all back into her bag, and took it to her!”
See? See why my chin was dragging the ground? I very nearly knocked my coffee right off the table in shock. I had not expected that response. The young woman smiled at me, and said, “Well, that’s what Jesus would have done, Mama” and skipped off to do cartwheels. That young woman, my nine year old daughter, was the most beautiful example of Christ I had seen all week!
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