"Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." ... John 21:25
"... by love, serve one another." ... Galations 5:13
You know that nearby cafe I'm always writing about?
Usually I'm the only person sipping my coffee there. Oh, a couple folks will buy take-out drinks and scones or muffins, but they step back outside and it's just me and one of the sweet young owners again.
And that's about when I say a prayer that this place will prosper like crazy for the owners' sakes and, ok, for mine, also. 😉
Then one morning back on March 20th! Oh my. People galore came and a line formed to the door, even. Incredible. Encouraging. Like answered prayer.
These following weeks I'd wondered about that day (slow mornings resumed), then last week I discovered this online--
“Grab coffee and a treat before work! ______ Community Development is organizing a Cash Mob at ______ Cafe on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, from 7 am to 9 am.
Definition of a Cash Mob: A cash mob is a group of people who assemble at a local business to make purchases. The purpose of these mobs is to support both the local businesses and the overall community and providing a social opportunity. They are a form of flash mob, and are inspired by them."
Wow. Does that make you smile, or what? In fact, it even reminded me of Jesus, you know, this verse--
"Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him." ... Acts 10:38
Jesus led a simple life: He went around doing good. But us? Sheesh, we complicate it. "Does the small stuff even matter?", we ask ourselves. Or we get sucked into the lie, instead, that convincing others to hate certain people/places or lifestyles is the braver, fight-for-what's-right way.
We choose to love. We choose to hate and I'm sorry, but (venturing out on a limb, but hey, it's my blog)-- when Jesus fed the thousands with the boy's lunch, He did not tell the disciples, "Don't give any bread or fish to the gay lifestyle people. Walk past those who are different so they will learn a lesson."
Er hem. (Think about it awhile before commenting on auto-pilot, ok?)
But anyway, a cash mob so to encourage local businesses! Now, that's 'doing good' and truthfully, I can just see Jesus taking part, even if it meant standing in a line while waiting long for His coffee. He brought God and His potential-for-healing-miracles presence with Him wherever He went.
As do we. No, really.
Daily Jesus chose the loving way, which probably meant dealing with cranky, ill folks, changing plans and other inconveniences. Yet He responded with kindness anyway, because that's what love does.
Again and again, even if your own 'cash (or flash) mob' consists of just you and Jesus.
Give up? Here's a hint:
"There was an old woman who lived in a shoe..." 😊
My ol' Rhodie is flashing bright this Spring-