Walking by Faith Alone

Two Cents…

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The other day I had a meeting in Gainesville, Georgia. I arrived early, some 30 minutes early to be exact, and decided to have coffee while I waited. The restaurant is arranged in such a manner that it is difficult to see others seated in booths. My booth nestled up to a group of women – three in all – having a wonderful discussion about the life of someone. I quickly recognized the version and understood painfully, it was mine. I thought of moving but then, it would be awkward to meet eye-to-eye. I thought of leaning around the corner and saying something stupid like, “Peek-A-Boo!” (Seriously, those words popped in my head). But instead, I listened to the juicy details of what these three women perceived to be my life. Occasionally, they got it right. I actually took out pen and paper to jot down a few statements because I hadn’t heard those about me before.

It is an election year and our days are filled with discussions about this candidate and that candidate. As I sat in that booth waiting for my meeting, I resolved myself to speak only about what I liked in the public figures running for office. Realistically, whether we agree with them or not, isn’t it their desire to be a catalyst for change? Why else would anyone pursue the scrutiny of public opinion polls? The road to the White House has very little glamour. We spend too much time discussing what is wrong with people and very little time rejoicing in what is “right.”

Jesus had a very valid point when He explained in Matthew 7:3-5, “3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s.”

As for the ladies in the restaurant spilling the mistakes and failures of my life on the table?… : )

I bought their lunch.



Written by Nora Hatchett Almazan

February 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

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  1. I have not words for how much I love this post, Nora! My Mother is a huge inspiration in my life, and she would categorize this act under the ‘kill them with kindness’ rule. 🙂 Their time would be much better spent in the service of others, and you’ve just shown them what a true waste negativity is. It makes me want to hop on a plane and perform a random act of kindness for each of them! God bless you and your path ❤


    February 3, 2012 at 12:56 pm

  2. Nora…you are a much better person than me…I think I would have asked them if I could join them and tell them I had some more juicy stuff to add to their conversation! Hope to see you soon!


    Jere Weaver Baggett

    February 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm

  3. NORA your a true child of God thank you for teaching so many things for my own good i had been and continue to be so inspire and feel so good when i read your thoughts thank you for giving me the honor of been your friend may you have a GREAT WEEKEND

    vera v cordero

    February 3, 2012 at 4:16 pm

  4. Nora, I could not have just sat there and listened to myself be discussed like that. But YOU, on the other hand; you reacted just like I think you would. You are such an inspiration to so many people. I hope God sits down with you one day and shows you the breadth of your influence. Love you, dear friend!

    Paula Gibson

    February 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm

  5. Wow! You are wise beyond your years. No one knows the real truth til they walk in your shoes! I would like to say I would have done the same thing….I may have bought their lunch if I could have prepared it for them too. You are just amazing in so many ways. Be happy dear friend! You deserve it.


    February 28, 2012 at 7:15 pm

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