Tuesday, November 8, 2016
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James
Yep, today is election day in the United States and it will effect the whole world. So, do go vote and as you vote remember that the most important thing you can do today, besides voting, is to be kind. Kindness will count more today than usual, so work at it please. Christ told us to be kind, sort of. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” We get these words of Christ from the Gospel of Matthew 7:12. This is just one definition of kindness if you ask me. I preach, teach, and live kindness. It is a way of life for me and oh, so rewarding. I offer you these five very brief true stories of everyday kindnesses. The first one is from a small town in Arkansas, but it doesn’t matter where these wonderful people live—I just want you to remember today that these are all your neighbors and they will still be your neighbors tomorrow, after the election. Maybe their moments of kindness will stir you to make a memory for someone else.
1. When the supermarket clerk tallied up my groceries, I was $12 over what I had on me. I began to remove items from the bags, when another shopper handed me a $20 bill. “Please don’t put yourself out,” I told him.
“Let me tell you a story,” he said. “My mother is in the hospital with cancer. I visit her every day and bring her flowers. I went this morning, and she got mad at me for spending my money on more flowers. She demanded that I do something else with that money. So, here, please accept this. It is my mother’s flowers.”
2. I forgot about the rules on liquids in carry-on luggage, so when I hit security at the airport, I had to give up all my painting supplies. When I returned a week later, an attendant was at the baggage area with my paints. Not only had he kept them for me, but he’d looked up my return date and time in order to meet me.
3. Leaving a store, I returned to my car only to find that I’d locked my keys and cell phone inside. A teenager riding his bike saw me kick a tire and say a few choice words. “What’s wrong?” he asked. I explained my situation. “But even if I could call my wife,” I said, “she can’t bring me her car key, since this is our only car.” He handed me his cell phone. “Call your wife and tell her I’m coming to get her key.”
“That’s seven miles round trip.”
“Don’t worry about it.”
An hour later, he returned with the key. I offered him some money, but he refused. “Let’s just say I needed the exercise,” he said. Then, like a cowboy in the movies, he rode off into the sunset.
4. One evening, I left a restaurant just ahead of a woman assisting her elderly mom. I approached the curb and paused to see if my arthritic knees could climb it. To my right appeared an arm to assist. It was that of the elderly mom. My heart was so touched.
5. I saw a dress in a consignment shop that I knew my granddaughter would love. But money was tight, so I asked the store owner if she could hold it for me. “May I buy the dress for you?” asked another customer.
“Thank you, but I can’t accept such a gracious gift,” I said. Then she told me why it was so important for her to help me. She’d been homeless for three years, she said, and had it not been for the kindness of strangers, she would not have been able to survive. “I’m no longer homeless, and my situation has improved,” she said. “I promised myself that I would repay the kindness so many had shown me.” She paid for the dress, and the only payment she would accept in return was a heartfelt hug.
If you want to live in a wonderful world, make it a wonderful world for someone else doing for them what you would love to have someone do for you. That’s how Christ wants you to live because He loves you. Important message from Him to you today.