As a pastor, I’ve been looking for ways for our church to get outside our walls and start serving our city without asking for or expecting anything back.
I just believe that’s something we should do if we follow Jesus.
And so, when we found out that our city was showing “Frozen” at the outdoor amphitheater we decided we would hand out popsicles for free.
We took 6 volunteers and gave away around 400 popsicles and several hundred church fliers.
It was an awesome evening of serving and laughing together as a church.
But something even more amazing happened.
I learned that sometimes a popsicle is more than a popsicle.
Sometimes a popsicle is actually hope.
It was while I was canvassing the crowd, passing out fliers, and directing people to the table where our volunteers were passing out popsicles, that I came across a woman with 5 children.
I handed her a flier and explained about the popsicles and I then moved on.
A few minutes later, I walked by her again and she said, “Excuse me sir. Excuse me sir!”
I realized she was talking to me and said, “Can I do something for you?”
She said, “I could not afford to take my kids to Frozen when it was at the movies and so we’re really excited about getting to watch. We still cannot afford much. So I made the kids bologna sandwiches and said this is all we get tonight. And so when you said we could have free popsicles, I wanted to cry. It means a lot to me that your church did this.”
She was filled with hope because she and her kids were given something as insignificant as a popsicle.
It doesn’t matter how big or how seemingly insignificant something appears, Jesus can use it to bring someone hope.
So the next time you smile at someone, the next time you pay for the person’s order behind you in the drive-thru line, the next time you volunteer, the next time you give out something as seemingly insignificant as a popsicle, I hope you realize the impact that gesture could have on someone.
You could be giving someone hope.
And let’s be honest, we all could use a little hope.