Earlier today I posted this quote on facebook:
"It behooves every man to remember that the work of the critic, is of altogether secondary importance, and that, in the end, progress is accomplished by the man who does things." ~Theodore Roosevelt
I consider my friend John Dobbs to be one of the men in my life who actually "does things". I know men who do large, bigger than life things. I know other men who do small things. Small things can mean so much.
The post below appeared on my blog in July of last year during a dark time in my life.
It had already been a tough week. Friday wrapped things up by being a hellish day. After the week from hell I got into my truck to head home. While I was driving home I felt like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. Even after 7 months of sobriety all I could think about was putting my head face first into a pitcher of beer and locking my lips around a bottle of vodka or whiskey. For the very first time I called my AA sponsor and said, "Please talk me out of a trip to the tavern!" He stayed on the phone with me until I pulled into my driveway. I got out of my truck sober but I still felt down, depressed, discouraged and hopeless. Instead of walking into the house I felt compelled to check the mailbox. I opened the mailbox and looked inside. Junk mail, bills, more bills and mail from my friend John Dobbs. I opened up the letter from John. It was full of encouraging words. As I read the words he wrote on a simple card it was as if I'd received an injection of hope.
I suppose that if I was one of those "perfect Christians" I would say that I always receive hope and encouragement from a sermon or by reading the Bible. But I'm not a "perfect Christian". I often don't feel, see or hear God through sermons or while I am reading the Bible. I experience God most often through people. Through a homeless man that hugs me and says, "Mike, God loves you", the text message from a man who is dying of liver cancer who wants to see me before he dies or an encouraging letter from a man I met through the world of social media.
God wants you and I to be an encourager to someone today. Don't wait to pick up the phone, send an email or write down words of hope on a card and put it in the mail. It might be your turn to be Jesus in an envelope.
"Courage is the whisper in the moment of despair that says: "I must go on..." - Daniel Waldschmidt
"Maybe today is someone's day to have their world changed and you'll be their world changer...” @jackalopekid
Thank you John.