The Christmas card I carry in my bible is over 10 years old, and still serves as a powerful reminder of how simple Christianity can be sometimes. The card came from a sweet teenage girl named Cindy. There’s nothing fancy about the card, but the words still rip at my heart.
Cindy’s dad had been an alcoholic all his life. Occasionally he’d call me and we’d meet to talk, over a cup of coffee in a local coffee shop. One day out of the blue he mentioned to me that he’d like to “get cleaned up” and get off the alcohol. I immediately called his bluff, and amazingly after a couple of tries, he did exactly what he said he was going to do. To this day, 10 1/2 years later, my friend is still dry.
The first Christmas following his recovery, his beautiful 17 year-old daughter sent me a Christmas card that said, “Thanks for giving me back my dad.” I was dumbfounded. I never realized that I’d done anything significant. In fact, I really didn’t do anything to help her dad other than just be his friend and meet him for coffee when he needed to talk. Yet, she said that was what he needed at the time.
Such simple things can make a difference in the life of another person, if you slow down enough to do them.
Who knew drinking coffee with an alcoholic would pay off. That’s why I always carry that card in my Bible, simply to remind me how easy it is to make a difference in someone’s life and not even know it. Who knows what simple things we could do today that might have a huge effect in someone’s life. Something as simple as…
- Sending a note of encouragement.
- Calling to check on someone.
- Being kind to someone unkind.
- Asking someone, “How are you really doing?” and allow them to tell you.
- Visiting a lonely person.
- Buying someone lunch.
- Telling someone you’ve been missing them.
- Giving someone a hug.
There is nothing complex or hard about any of those things. They are all such simple things that I call “Simple Christianity.” Such simple things can make a difference in the life of another person, if you slow down enough to do them. I never dreamed that having a cup of coffee with an alcoholic would make such a difference in the lives of an entire family. Even Jesus talked about simple Christianity when he said, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” How simple is that!
Never, ever, under estimate the power of simple Christianity.
Now, don’t just sit there, get out there and DO something simple today!