I’m Not Giving You My Key
My best friend was telling me about her new condo and she was excited. She’d been rooming with a co-worker and this new place was all hers and now she would have privacy, not to mention the pool, the clubhouse, the two bedrooms and two baths. I was excited for her and said excitedly, “Now I can come and visit you.”
She said, “Yeah, but I’m not giving you a key!” Her statement was funny at the time. I assured her I would never visit unannounced and only when invited.
My daughter and I took a walk later that morning and as I was telling her about it we began to play a little game. As we passed people on our walk we asked each other, “Would they give us their key?” depending on their friendliness. It’s surprising how many we shook our heads at and said, “Nah, I don’t think they’d give us their key.”
Later I began to give the idea some serious thought. Would I have said that? I don’t think so. I would like to think that I would say, “Here’s my key. Come over any time you want.” I love to have people over, for dinner, for the night, for game night or just for coffee and dessert.
I have a good friend who came home from work one day and her husband was lying on the floor, dead from a heart attack. Naturally, her life was shattered. She was a recluse for quite some time and it’s taken a long time for her to get back to the living. Another friend talked her into volunteering at her local hospital. She went, reluctantly. You should see her now. She reads to patients, writes letters for them, sometimes she just listens to them, gives them a word of encouragement; she’s a real funny gal and most of the time she can bring a smile to their faces. Wanda is smiling too. You can’t give without smiling. She’s a happy woman again and she feels like her life has meaning and purpose. It’s really true; when we give ourselves to others we will feel better. I think Wanda would give me her key.
Everyone loves to give at Thanksgiving and Christmas. We’re listening to those beautiful carols about peace on earth and good will towards men. Christmas is almost upon us and we’re going to get busy and bake our cookies and pumpkin bread and visit the convalescent hospitals. It’s what we do. We tell ourselves, “This is great. I’m going to do this more often.” But the holidays pass, we’re back into our routine and somehow we just can’t fit it all in. (Did you know there are more visitors at convalescent hospitals in the month of December than at any other time of year?) We need to “fit it in” the rest of the year also. This is an excellent thing for families to do together. Teach your children about giving out keys.
There’s a postal clerk named Mike who has worked on the campus of Penn State University for over 30 years. He says he’s determined to make people feel good. They must really like him because the customers line up and wait for a long time so Mike can serve them. He says, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, you’re not looking hard enough.” One of his customers said, “I love coming in here. Mike is pure heart. He makes your day so much better.” Mike is a gentle, kind looking man. I would want to wait in his line too. Mike would give us his key.
I love to encourage people, but after hearing about Mike, I decided to really look for more ways to do that. I didn’t feel like cooking one night, so I ended up at Baja Fresh for a salad for me and at Five Guys for a hamburger for my husband. I watched the woman who took our order, as she waited on customers and I noticed something. When she smiled her whole face changed; it was radiant. When I paid for my salad, I told her, “You have the most beautiful smile. Your whole face lights up.” She was still beaming when I left. Then I went to Five Guys and ordered my husband’s burger. There was a tall young man who was putting the burgers together, stuffing them in a sack and then he’d announce in a booming voice, “Order nuuummmmber 42 is ready.” His voice was deep and it projected clear across the room. I picked up my burger and asked him, “Have you ever thought of radio or TV announcing? You have a terrific voice for that.” Big smile on his face. I just love it. Do you think those two went home that night thinking about those compliments? I know they did. They might start giving people their key.
Let me tell you about another kind of key. This is a key that is always available, it never rusts and it always works. It’s the key to heaven and that key is Jesus. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Jesus invites you to ask Him into your life and heart. He’ll change your live, all you have to do is ask Him. If you would like to know more about that, contact me. I’ll give you the key.
Changing You, Little by Little