When I first moved to this area, and didn’t know anyone, Jack would tell me stories about the people he knew in town, and introduce me around so I would feel at home. You don’t have to know Jack too long before you realize that he knows almost everyone, and he likes almost everyone too.
One day, he told me about a man he particularly liked named Ron. He went on and on about how helpful Ron had been to him, and the next week, I ran into him. As we talked, I said how much Jack thought of him and how helpful he had been over the years. The man looked really surprised and didn’t say much, but broke into a big smile. I forgot about this.
A week or so later, Jack came home and said, “I just had the strangest thing happen. I ran into Ron C. downtown and he was friendly; asked me how I was doing. It was so weird.” I then remembered my conversation with Ron and said, “Why is that weird?, You told me that you really liked him.” Jack looked confused and then he said, “That was a different Ron. Ron C. and I had a falling out a few years ago, and we haven’t spoken since. It was something so trivial, and I always wished that we could be on good terms again.”
If I had realized that I had the wrong Ron, I wouldn’t have said anything. We are the “instruments of God”, even when we are not aware of this. Never underestimate your importance here.