Twenty years ago, I saw the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. A young woman named Brenda Myers was walking down the center aisle of Hoffman Street Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana in her mother’s wedding gown. I’ll never forget the enormous smile on her face, but just in case, we hired a photographer to capture the moments of our wedding. As we looked through photos a few weeks later, we noticed something that I hadn’t seen while my bride was walking toward me. In the background of every photo of Brenda walking down the aisle was her aunt, posing for the camera. She invented photo bombing! Who knew Aunt Jenny was an innovator? If she had kept her eyes on Brenda, we wouldn’t have noticed her nor remembered it twenty years later.
What can we do today that will be remembered in twenty years? Consider the opportunities all around us to engage with our neighbors across the street and around the world.
- Volunteer at a local school or nursing home
- Stop and talk to the family hosting a lemonade stand
- Invite the neighborhood kids to VBS
- Offer a ride to the doctor to an elderly neighbor
- Embark on a missions adventure around the world