“For whoever gives even a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will be rewarded” Mark 9:41
I read this story this week…
At the beginning of a busy week, I boarded my flight and settled into an aisle seat, grateful that the client I was going to visit had agreed to pay for first-class travel. A young man in a charcoal-gray suit, with a neatly trimmed beard, hoisted his luggage into an overhead bin, folded his jacket neatly on top of his roll-on bag, and took the seat across the aisle from me. A female flight attendant took orders for drinks; I asked for water. The young man wanted nothing.
As the flight attendant was serving drinks to the passengers in first class, the people flying coach began to board. Among them was an elderly, frail-looking man with wispy white hair. He took the aisle seat in the first row behind the bulkhead separating the first-class and coach sections of the plane. When the attendant was finished taking care of those of us in first class, she paused near the man. Looking up, he asked her for a glass of water. The attendant explained that drinks were not served in the coach section until after takeoff.
He persisted, repeating his request again, saying, “I’m very thirsty. Can’t you please get me a glass of water?” The attendant again refused to accommodate his request, using the same dismissive, rather official tone she had used in response to his first request. iIt was clear she did not care whether or not this older gentleman was thirsty—only that it was “against the rules” to provide a simple glass of water.
Suddenly the young man across the aisle from me left his seat, went to the attendant’s galley, and returned with a glass of water. He handed the glass of water to the man and returned to his seat, ignoring the glare of the attendant, who seemed dumbfounded and annoyed by his actions.
The rest of us near the old man who witnessed the incident gave the young man a round of applause. Feeling relieved for the old man, but a bit ashamed that I didn’t get him a glass of water, I vowed to myself that going forward, I would be as thoughtful and action-oriented as the young man was….
My challenge to you this week is WHO CAN YOU refresh this week.? with encouragement, prayer, email, phone call or txt, being a mentor, buying a cup of coffee and by going out of your way to notice others ?? ..
God has promised that HE will notice and reward you!
” A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25
Have a great week being a “water person” !!