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10 Apr

Hello Friends!

Well today so far has been a rather quiet day. I’m pretty happy though because today is my day to have dinner with some of the girls from Zumba! Last week it was just me and my friend Tera. Hopefully we will manage to eat something pretty good and healthy! We shall see!

I wanted to mention something today, someone named Jim.

Now Jim, he isn’t a relative. Nor a friend of the family. To me, he is just Jim. But he seems pretty remarkable to me.

You see, I have always loved sending and receiving packages, and since I moved, I noticed I find myself in the post office quite a bit. Well that’s how I met Jim. He would always share words of wisdom, a laugh, a smile, or whatever he had to share. He had a nice raspy voice and I could hear that when he laughed, it came from deep within his soul. Well on Saturday, I decided to go by the post office to pick up a package, but he wasnt there. I thought it rather odd, because he was ALWAYS there. Well I heard a customer at the desk ask something, then the person behind the desk pointed to a sign that was up. The sign read,

JIM CROSS ARRANGEMENTS: Funeral services will be 9:30 am Monday, April 9, 2012 at Samaritan Hill Baptist Church, 1001 E. 13th Street, North Little Rock. Visitation 5-7 pm Sunday at the church. Interment 12 noon Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery. 

You see, I couldn’t recall the name of the man who was always so nice and pleasant with me when I came in, but I just had a strange feeling that I knew who Jim was. I immediately looked it up, and there was his picture.

I just frowned and kinda gasped.

Weird thing is, I hardly knew Jim.

What I did know, is that he was always pleasant, always friendly, always offering advice, and if you were having a bad day, there was no way you were going to leave that post office with a frown on your face. It goes to show you, that simple kindness, a simple smile, and laughter goes a long way. It also showed me what a difference we can make, or what kind of imprint we leave on other people, when we simply treat others with respect and love. You see, you don’t have to know someone personally to have them shed some positive light in your life. I strive to be nice and kind to others everyday, and just hope and pray that I can be that ray of sunshine for someone like Jim was for so many people. I know he treated everyone right and with kindness, and it was in his death, I found out also that he was a pastor. You see, he shared the God in him to every single person that came to that post office for service. I’m sure that people did not always treat him with kindness, but he never let that shake his spirit. Something to think about.

So today, I remember Jim.

I encourage you to be kind to others. To love others. To respect others. Even at times when they don’t do the same in return. I think there is true power in that, and a way to really make a difference.

9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.                                  -Romans 12; 9-13

Until Next Time, Much Love, Mrs. SPJ 🙂
Things to Do:
Must add “The Fred Factor” to my list of books to read. My friend Kerri said that the book deals a lot with the importance of being kind to others and making a difference 🙂

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