Some people have no idea that they're a light to others. Some people have absolutely no clue that they emanate joy and grace and respect. These people speak truth, even when it's hard to hear. They knock you down when they question your thinking and explain a better, more optimistic way to view things. They never speak without somehow encouraging you to be a better person. These people have problems, feelings, and bad days, yet they some how keep their heads up and put others before themselves. These people are inspiring.
There is a person like this who I am grateful enough to interact with on occasion. Every few weeks or so, when I show up to a thankless, exhausting, and frustrating job, and I'm already planning for my night to play out negatively, this person catches me off guard and reminds me that life isn't that bad. And that sometimes you deserve what you dish out. And that people are allowed to be grumpy and tired and that you don't always know what circumstances they're facing. This person reminds me that gossip is hurtful, jokes can be hateful, and that everyone can benefit from a hug.
This person exemplifies Jesus, and they don't even realize it. I honesty have no clue if they're Christian or has a relationship with the Lord or let alone believes in God at all. But wow, they'd be really good at it. I've never had an interaction with this person that didn't make me rethink my thoughts, actions, and words. I'd absolutely love to be encouraged by this person more and more, to hear what else they have to say, and to understand their thoughts. They're inspiring and have affected me in more ways then they'll ever know. Thank you for your ever present smile, your nonchalant truth telling, and your refreshing conversations.
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