12 “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 7:12, New Revised Standard Version)
I have posted some in the last week or so about some people who lacked kindness, compassion and/or empathy in the things I have seen. I think it is also important that I share with you when I learn of someone who demonstrates those things to the world. Yesterday, John White, a church member where I am the pastor, shared something that recently happened to him that you should read.
John had an instance a few days ago, while he was chasing some lunch at a local sandwich shop. He had already fished his Master-Card out of his wallet and was prepared to pay for his lunch.
He first placed his order and then drove up the the drive-in window. There he was greeted by a smiling employee that the car behind him had already paid for his meal.
John said he was pretty shocked to say the least. He also said he had been on the giving end of a few “pay it forward” events. But he had never received one before.
John joked with the smiling young lady at the drive-in window that he must have looked to be in sad shape to warrant such a generous gift. Then he took the lunch from the sandwich shop clerk at the window and asked her to please thank the people in the car behind him, and to please tell them he was appreciative of their generosity and kindness.
As John drove away he said he was still was pretty stunned by the trully gracious and generous gift the total strangers in the car behind him had shown him. He said it was not something he expected.
John’s family is not need. It isn’t destitute. John says that God has blessed his family richly.
John concluded this story by saying, “The important lesson that finally seeped into this crusty ole soul, is that sometimes a gift of kindness is not necessary to fill an earthly need, but rather reminds us that we are not alone in this world to make large, small or medium positive impacts upon a fellow traveler. Kindness is a gift that requires no currency, but rather the heart of a blessed giver.”
Let me be the first here to say, “Amen to that.”
John’s story reminds me that there are people out there who are kind and who do wonderful things for others without any thought of repayment. They just do it to share some level of kindness with some else who shares their world. Wouldn’t that be something all of us can do and make our world a little better. I close my post by saying, “Seeking the Genuine,” but being unsure when or even if I will see the next act of kindness. Then someone comes along and I can see the genuine for a person who may or may not have a need or perhaps letting that person know that someone cares. For some, that could make all the difference in the world.
Seeking (and sometimes finding) the Genuine,
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