this morning as i hit the button to the elevator at the train station, i noticed an elderly gentleman coming towards me. so i held the elevator for him, and wished him a "good morning" as he got on the elevator.
did he respond in like kindness, or offer me a word of wisdom from someone who has surely seen much more than i have? no. he stared at me with his cataract eye.
on the train, i sat next to a woman already reading and said "hello" as i scooted in.
did she ask what i was reading, or greet me in response? no. she grabbed her bag and tried to imagine herself the size of a child, tucked in away from the person sitting three inches from her, offering kindness.
when i passed a colleague in the hallway on campus and smiled, they stared straight ahead.
when i got on the shuttle, the driver ignored me.
and when i got off the shuttle, he tried to shut the doors on me.
as i walked into my office, i continued to smile at the few people i pass at this early hour, as i arrive earlier than many others.
i was greeted with sneers from an unhappy employee, apparently oblivious to the fact that it is Friday.
and yet, i continue to find joy in my heart, despite these many attempts the devil has made to push down my mood today. because yesterday, i was filled with the holy spirit and given the opportunity to share the gospel for the first time ever. it was such an amazing feeling that the delight of the moment stuck with me. so in that instance, God wasn't just helping the person i was speaking with, He was helping me.