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Expect Something Good

Marian was my teacher for the third, fourth and fifth grade. Since our farm was just a couple of hundred yards from the one-room schoolhouse, she lived in our home. Marian seemed like part of our family. She enjoyed farm life and would frequently help with the chores, milking cows and bringing in the wood. Whenever her boyfriend came by, he always took time to talk with me. On one occasion, he caught a bee and pressed it to his arm. After it stung him, he let it go and let me study the stinger still attached to his flesh.

Ed was a friend I’d met in the big city. He was my age, but old in terms of his perspective of the world. He loved trying new and different art expressions. One day he presented me with a sheet of paper that was covered with fine black lines seemingly scribbled indiscriminately all over the page.

“What’s this?” I asked.

“Stick it on the wall and stand back and look at it,” he said.

I did, and suddenly the scribbling turned into an amazing likeness of our favorite hockey coach.

Steve spoke as if he’d never done anything really successful in his life, yet he seemed to be able to do anything. When I first met him, he was selling exotic cars in the Bay Area, and he was very successful at it. Then the recession hit, and expensive sports cars weren’t selling. Steve was laid off, but one wouldn’t have known it by his attitude. One day he called and told me he’d gotten a job as a short-order cook in an all-night diner.

“Come by about 2:30 in the morning and I’ll make you the best burger you’ve ever had,” he said.

I did, and it was great.

Each person who crosses your path has the potential to make an important contribution to your life. In big ways and small ways, people touch you and affect you. Since you don’t know what impact an individual may have, you should anticipate something good with every person you meet, without exception. People are God’s most unique and amazing gift to the world.

by Chaplain Ron Hyrchuk

August 16, 2007