If anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.  Matthew 10:42

At my family’s Easter Brunch there were 8 toddlers under four years of age. That is a whole lot of sippie cups! Did keeping those cups filled feel important? No. (Well, it felt important if it stopped the whining, but the job didn’t feel like one that I would get a heavenly reward for. Nobody lined up hoping that they would get chosen for this important assignment!)

     In the Bible we are told to be hospitable, to welcome one another, to treat each person as if he or she is the most important person in the world. That isn’t always easy—simply because we are a work-oriented society. Paychecks are not given for pouring juice into sippie cups—or cups of coffee at your kitchen table. Bonus points aren’t gained by reading a bedtime story to a child or taking extra time to care about a co-worker or a client. Promotions aren’t granted because you took the extra time with someone who may have needed it. Promotions are usually about product, not people.

     It takes an intentional choice to welcome the stranger, to make room in the inn, to provide stability to the travel-worn, to give a cup of cold water to a little one. It’s challenging to remember that the people we live with—the ones with whom we are the most familiar and the most likely to make demands on us—are precious in God’s sight, and because I’m His disciple, it may be the most important thing I do today.

*Who have you forgotten to value? Who is “holding out a cup” to you?

Father, I ask that You help me be as welcoming to others as You are to me. Help me remember that a disciple is defined by small acts of love. Small acts to small people becomes great in Your sight. Help me in this way to reflect Your heart of love to all. Amen.

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