You Never Know… – A story of seeing past the plastic smile

January 20, 2017

One thing I love about growing up in the southeastern part of the USA is that so many people are warm and welcoming. There is something really amazing about southern charm and hospitality. Southern hospitality has the ability to make you feel like you’re friends with the cashier, the cab driver and even the person you politely hold the door open for as they walk into their doctors appointment. In the midst of such hospitality there is also a dark reality that you never know what someone is really going through. Even behind the biggest smiles, the nicest compliments and the warmest welcoming there can be some of the most deep pain. I’d like to share a story… This is a story about how true this can be and how I believe God wants us to respond. Today I had to rush to a meeting and I just barely made it on time. When I arrived a woman welcomed me at the receptionist desk and offered to help me by calling the person I was supposed to meet with. She was warm, welcoming and even had the brightest smile. To the surprise of both of us when she called into that persons office we found that the person I was meeting with was not even there at the office. I realized in that moment I should have probably texted that person I was meeting with an hour before just to make sure nothing had come up! After we realized that it was obvious the meeting I had arrived for was simply not going to happen I felt the Lord urge me...
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Olivia

Even with only 2 Take the City Outreaches under my belt, they have made such an impact in my own personal journey of faith, and others I have crossed paths with! The most special part to me is knowing that even if I meet someone and I never see them again, I know God has allowed me to touch their heart and plant a seed that I couldn’t have done sitting at home. I’m so thankful for this organization because it truly has allowed me to connect with others, with the goal of bringing them closer to Christ, while becoming closer with God myself at the same time.