People bump into each other everyday. According to one study, at an average of a 78-year lifespan, and assuming that we bump into three new people daily, at the end of our lifetime, we should have met a total of 80,000 people. Think about it. Just imagine the potential of making a difference into the lives of these people. That’s a wonderful and awesome contribution to God’s kingdom!
The four Gospels are awesome stories of Jesus’ encounter with countless people. And everybody that bumps into Jesus would always be healed. They would leave with happy thoughts. They met God through Jesus. When someone encounters Jesus, healing would definitely take place. He makes a difference in our lives each time we encounter him, even in our prayers.
In Luke 7:11-17, we see an encounter between Jesus and a certain widow. The periscope was all about an encounter of two groups: the group of Jesus and the group of the poor widow. Both were being followed by a huge crowd. But the groups have different dispositions and destinations. Jesus and his disciples were on their way to another village; the widow and her friends were on their way to another village, the widow and her friends were on their way to cemetery. It was a contrast of life and death.
When the two crowds accidentally bumped into each other at the city of gate, everything change instantly. When Jesus saw the funeral procession and the poor widow.
At the moment of bumping into each other at the city gate, the two groups found themselves united and connected with each other with one purpose: they wanted to help the widow. Plus the fact that Jesus moved their hearts when brought the young man back to life. At that moment, the crowd was transformed into a caring community.
But what’s the difference between a crowd and a community? a crowd is a group, on the other hand, a community is a group of people bound together by one common, noble purpose.
But what about us? Are we part of the crowd or are we part of a community? We bump into each other everyday in many gates, corners, and hallways of our lives, but most of the time, we could only say “Hello” or “How are you?” We don’t make a difference in each other’s life. There’s no depth. No warmth. No relationship.
If we are destined to meet 80,000 new persons in our lifetime, let’s touch them with our words and deeds. Let’s be kind to them, for this could be your first and last time to make a difference in their lives.
- Am I an accommodating person?
- How do I welcome new people in my life – with joy or with reluctance?