Pope Francis

On Wednesday morning, I had a wonderful man stop by to chat with me — the senior Tony Martin. Now I know both of the Martins.

I really enjoyed my short visit with this man. He is a breath of fresh air and a joy to talk to. He made me laugh more than once, and who doesn’t need a laugh and a smile these days?

The reason he stopped by — to talk about running something in the paper. He handed me a card with the following on the front:

Just Think

Just think, you’re here not by chance, but by GOD’S choosing.

HIS hand formed you and made you the person you are.

HE compares you to no one else — you are one of a kind.

You lack nothing

that HIS grace can’t

give you.

HE has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill HIS special purpose for this generation.

— Roy Lessin

I think his message he wanted to share needed to be heard. I agree with this message, and we all need something positive in our lives at this time. We also need hope and kindness.

There’s so much hatred, not only on the streets, but on social media. Individual political views are bringing out the ugly in people. Friends, and even family, are parting ways because their opinions don’t coincide.

You know, it really is OK to disagree with someone and still remain friends. I see a lot of things posted on Facebook I disagree with, but I don’t comment and I don’t share. Why bother? Why bother to stir that pot? There’s enough pot-stirrers out there. In fact, there’s too many.

I shake my head and keep on scrolling, stopping to watch a funny video. That’s something I do share. If it brings a smile to my face, I share with my Facebook friends, just hoping it put’s a smile on someone else’s face too.

Mr. Martin also shared with me a book, “Pope Francis, A Future of Faith” and the following paragraph on the back of the book from Pope Francis:

This is the secret, dear friends, and all of us are called to share in it. God expects something from you. God hopes in you. He comes to open the doors of our lives, our dreams, our ways of seeing things. God comes to break open everything that keeps you closed in. He is encouraging you to dream. He wants to make you see that, with you, the world can be different. For the fact is, unless you offer the best of yourself, the world will never be different.

He told me to keep the book so I could read it as well. Thank you Tony for sharing, and thank you for bringing a smile to my face this week. Stop by and say hey anytime!

Editor Tia Bedwell can be reached at tiabedwell@rrdailyherald.com or 252-410-7056.

Editor Tia Bedwell can be reached at tiabedwell@rrdailyherald.com or 252-410-7056.