I was at the grocery store yesterday, and ran into a woman I know who is in a wheelchair and has faced many serious life challenges. So in my attempt to have A Heart Like His, I didn't just say "Hi, bye" like I usually do at the store. I paused, that my open heart might bless this person.
I talked to her for a minute or two, and she praised my beautiful children and then said she had to go meet someone somewhere. I realized that my little paltry attempt at not being lame and cold was nothing. This woman, who has faced much hardship, already has a soft heart that sheds cheer and joy on everyone around her.
I almost cried in front of the Doritos (which isn't saying much, because frankly I'm a basket case most of the time, but I digress.) I wondered how things would have been if I had changed places with her in the challenges. I wondered if I would have allowed my challenges to strengthen and soften my heart, or weaken and chill it. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what life pours on my cereal. But for today, I send cosmic thanks to an awesome woman who taught me something in the grocery store aisle yesterday.