The Newsstand Guy
In Harlem, a block from The
Apollo, there was a newsstand. You would think Harlem would be the last
place in the world where someone would want to work a newsstand. The
newsstand was manned by a guy named Reeves. No one knew if Reeves was his
last name or his first name. If you ask the black people who bought
newspapers and magazines from Reeves, they thought Reeves was black. If
you ask white people who bought newspapers and magazines from Reeves, they
thought Reeves was white. The goofy thing is…no one knows for sure. Love
has a way of making people blind to what is unimportant, like the color of
Love does something
else to people. Love also makes people do some pretty irrational things.
Without knowing it, people patronized Reeve's newsstand because of love.
Reeves would sell a newspaper or magazine to a customer, and then demand
the customer tell Reeves about a good thing that had happened in the last
day. Upon the telling, Reeves would laugh and smile and say, "Told
yuh God's workin'!" Without the customer knowing it, Reeves demanded
the customer count a blessing. People would stand in line in every kind of
weather to buy something from Reeves. The rich, the poor, the famous, and
infamous all lined up to tell Reeves. Many times people would come up to
Reeves, share good news, give him some money, and walk away without
picking up a newspaper or magazine.
Reeves showed people no matter who they are, they have
blessings to count. No matter what a person's circumstances might be in
life, Reeves brought each person to the reality of God. Each person
touched by Reeves ended up being touched by God. Reeves gave others
treasures by helping them count their blessings. By getting people to
count their blessings Reeves gave people happiness. Reeve's customers
received from Reeves the blessings of peace, calm, and a greater purpose
to live each day. Reeves got people to do God's will which drew people
closer to God. Even customers who had very little, came to see their cup
was not half-empty, but overflowing with the invisible love of God...all because
Reeves inspired them to give thanks.
Reeves had power. No one
knew how much power because the power Reeves had was given out to others
the instant someone started telling.
Reeves died in his newsstand. Customers were waiting
when Reeves fainted and fell over. The police and emergency people were on
the scene within minutes. What happened next has remained a mystery. In
all the confusion of the moment, Reeves seems to have disappeared.
Witnesses say Reeves body sort of faded away right before their eyes. People
were bewildered and grieved. People started asking questions about Reeves
but no answers were ever found.
A few months after Reeve's
demise, Reeve's apartment was found about two blocks from where the stand
used to be. The apartment was crammed, wall to wall and floor to ceiling
with notebooks. In the notebooks Reeves had written a little note about
someone receiving a blessing.
Reeves was a counter of
blessings. Reeves was not just a counter of blessings. Reeves went even
further and counted the blessings of others while asking others to count
their blessings as well. What Reeves added to the world was so immense
Reeves' contribution to the world was measurable only by God.
Psalms 100:4 Enter his gates with
thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his
is fiction, the message reflects the Lord's truth. The message appeared in
November, 2010, in the Virtual Church
web site at http://www.findthepower.com