Who is he? What is his family history? Why does he have that job? Is he happy? Does he get embarrassed when people his own age come in to order food? So in an effort to actually connect, and not ignore, I asked how his night was going. "What," he jerked his head back towards me as if I were speaking another language. In truth I was speaking a different language. Instead of barking orders or asking for more ketchup I simply asked how he was doing. When he finally responded, he cracked a smile and said "tired." The entire discourse only took about one minute but I could tell he appreciated it and so did I.
Do you think people know when they are blessed? I mean to say, when Jesus tells us "blessed are the poor in spirit...blessed are those who mourn," do you think the poor and mourning ones know they are blessed? I would guess not for most cases because they don't feel that way. However it is precisely these people Jesus sought after because they were overlooked and seemingly useless. For those of us who seek to live out the principles of the Kingdom of God, we see people like my Whata-friend and an opportunity to love arises. It's not just an opportunity for us to seize so we can prove that we love others, rather it's a chance to let that person know he/she is blessed. Ours' is a ministry of blessing others and not just waiting to receive blessings. I wonder, who are the people in your little world that are waiting to hear the good news of being blessed?