When we first started to do outreach for our church I wanted to do something different for our women’s ministry, something informal and out of the box. I called it “Coffee and Conversation- Brewing Friendships” and i held it at a local coffee shop.
I love the title because anyone that knows me knows I LOVE coffee... really i do… i drink about 3 cups a day! I also believe in women being there for one another through all walks of life so I invited all women young, older, single, married and moms because i feel it is important for us to know that we are not alone, someone has gone through what you are going through right now and asking for help is ok... it is NOT a sign of weakness!
I got to the coffee shop an hour early and I purchase 50 gift cards. I asked the barista to use 1 gift card per woman that came in because i wanted to buy her a cup of coffee. The barista looked surprised and agreed. I sat at a table drinking my coffee for 1 hour watching the barista use the gift cards and pointing in my direction explaining that i purchased their drink. To my surprise 1 lady walked up to me and asked, “Why would you buy me a coffee? You don’t know me?” I politely answered, “ It’s ok to do nice things for people we do not know and i know we don’t hear it often but i wanted to let you know that you are appreciated for what you do everyday!” She smiled and walked away.
I didn’t know the lady or her story but I’m hoping that my words made an impact on that day. My question is why is it when someone does something nice others question it? Out of the 50 women i purchased coffee for only 1 approached me!
I didn’t do this for recognition, i did this because i wanted the opportunity to do something nice and hopefully tell one of those women that someone appreciates them! Sisters we need to lift each other up in life, at work, in prayer and in our families. It’s just not enough for you to go through life and not help someone better themselves. Us women have the ability to love like no other and motivate like no other. So use that ability to better yourself and other women around you whether you know them or not!
My mission which I chose to accept is to encourage women through my life experiences, to be the best person that they could be in any aspect of her life! Note that i said encourage not empower because you have the power to do it all you just need a little help bringing it out of you!
Your mission... if you choose to accept it is to tell someone they matter! Regardless if you know them or not tell them they matter because you never know how much of an impact those two words may have to someone who has hit rock bottom but doesn’t show it!