What an amazing testimony I witnessed last week.
We sold our house and were in the final stages of leaving the house -- you know the part -- where you have to move and decide about all the stuff that is left in the house that is too good to throw away, but not good enough to need in the first round of moving? Well, we were at that stage and once we got all that "important junk" out of the house -- we had one last task.....to CLEAN the house for the new owners!
From the time I was young, I was always taught to "leave a place much better than you found it." This always has me picking up litter at a campground and arranging the pants when I am looking for the right size at the store. Well, in this case, it meant, that I was going to leave the house in clean condition. I was about done with the vacuuming when I heard a voice, "Knock, knock!" I went to the door and there was a neighbor from down the street who I had really just met for the first time about 2 weeks before when our dog was not being as neighborly as he should have been and she came to my front door to tell me.
Here she was, again at my door, this time she asked, "Can I scrub your floors for you?" I was stunned! "Well, that is a very nice offer that I really don't want to turn down, but you sure don't need to do that!" I stuttered. "Why are you asking?" I asked.
"I remember what a lonely feeling it is to pack and move -- and I suspected that you were the kind of person that would not leave the house until it was clean -- so I thought I would offer to help you."
Now, that is a true gift of friendship and she blessed my day more than she will ever know! Even though we were leaving the neighborhood, she welcomed me into her heart and life with that profound gift of her time in doing a menial task that none of us like!
Now that is an example worth following! Do you have any neighbors moving in......or out? Offer them the gift of your time! You will be a tremendous witness!
We have attached a gift certificate to this newsletter that you could leave with someone if you were not able to find them at home when you went to volunteer -- though I suspect that showing up--with a mop and bucket in hand is much more effective! :)