In Guatemala, it is cultural to greet every person individually when entering a room or to say good morning or afternoon on the street. Since my early days of feeling a bit awkward with this custom, I have learned to put into practice greeting everyone. And to my amazement, it has transformed my thinking around how much others matter to me and how much God can do with a simple greeting.
It takes intentionality to greet a person. It shows us that we play a part in each other’s lives. It challenges us to see our need for each other. And it provides individual recognition of the fact that you matter to me and I matter to you. And, it is an incredible opportunity to open a door into sharing with others how much they mean to God. Even the common greeting on the street becomes an avenue to demonstrate love and speak of the person’s value as a person created in the image of God.
I praise God for using my greetings to demonstrate His love for people who ask “Do I matter?” with their eyes and not their words. Pray that more of my greetings bloom into sharing the gospel with those who so desperately need to know they matter so much to God that He sacrificed His only son for their sake.