Sunday mornings I have been having the fun of blowing off the side walk in front the lobby at church. The last few weeks the walk has been covered with acorns from a near-by tree. The first Sunday the acorns were scattered around, and as I was blowing them off Holy Spirit was speaking to me about the potential in every single acorn. Every acorn has the potential to be a strong oak tree. I was reminded that every person I meet in life has the same potential in them. Every person has the potential to be a Billy Graham or George Washington. EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. This was sobering to me. I was reminded to see the potential in the persons that I meet. Even those persons that aren't living anywhere near their potential, still have that God given potential in them and I want to see that when I see the person. I want to treat every person I meet as tho they were fully living their potential. I never know what impact honoring and respecting someone may have on their life.
A Sunday or two later as I was blowing off the walks again I noticed that many of the acorns were crushed and ground into the side walk. I though about all the feet that had trod the acorns underfoot. The broken and trodden acorns were a casualty caused by feet doing a good work. We even crushed some as we unloaded the trailer that morning and sat up for another amazing church service. I had to think "How many times did I crush someone or trod them under in my pursuit to do something good?" "Am I responsible for influencing any casualties around me?" "Have I in some way crushed the potential in someone that I have come in contact with, because I wasn't being aware of the influence my words or actions were having?" It really made me stop and think about how I do influence every person that I come in contact with. I want to be the person that others are encouraged and blessed for having rubbed shoulders with me. I don't want to knowingly or unknowingly leave destruction in my wake like a hurricane. I really believe that often times the damage we may cause is done unintentionally. I share my thoughts around the acorns as a reminder to us all to be conscious of the effect our actions and words have on those around us.