Chad Hymas is an award-winning speaker, author, and life coach. He also happens to be a quadriplegic and a Latter-day Saint.
And he has an incredible story to share.
He did so on his Instagram account recently, sharing the following picture of a napkin that was handed to him while eating lunch at a restaurant.
Chad shared the story of the incredible encounter he had with a woman who was down on her luck.
His message is for all of us.
Today I had one of those moments that literally changed my life.
I was with my brother-in-law eating lunch. We were at a wonderful Thai restaurant eating my favorite dish. My sister-in-law walked in and asked why were at that location.
We had driven right past the same restaurant [different location] while getting to this one. He and I both thought about it for a minute and said, “I’m not sure why we came to this one, we drove right past the other one.”
Moments later my life changed.
The lady sitting in the booth next to me set this napkin next to my plate. I looked down and immediately went over to her. We talked for 20 minutes. Her husband got up and left to allow us to talk in private.
My dear friends, this lady had so much courage to reach out to me. I can’t imagine how hard it was for her to write these words to me. My heart literally brakes for her.
We will get her through this. I have her phone number and she has mine. My family close by to where she lives also has her phone number and will be checking up on her.
Here is your reminder to check on those you love. Here is your reminder to check on those who are strangers. Those who look sad, those who look happy, those who look lost and those who hide it well.
If you are struggling please please please reach out to someone. I was a stranger to her. She reached out to me. I am thankful that I was put in her path. I pray that I was able to give her a glimmer of hope. I am still fighting back the tears as I write this.
YOU ARE LOVED!!! LET ME REPEAT THAT!!! YOU ARE LOVED AND YOU ARE NEEDED!!! Sometimes you go to the wrong place, only to discover it was where you were supposed to be all along.
Nothing needs to be added to that wonderful story, but I will leave you with the words of Elder Holland that he spoke in April 2018’s General Conference:
In spite of what we all feel are our limitations and inadequacies—and we all have challenges—nevertheless, may we labor side by side with the Lord of the vineyard, giving the God and Father of us all a helping hand with His staggering task of answering prayers, providing comfort, drying tears, and strengthening feeble knees.