This particular Monday is wet, cold and raw, but it’s another week, another chance to make a difference.
Already I’ve been offered some hope when I took my little guy to school. Another mom let me merge into the car rider lane with a thumbs up and a huge smile that clearly said, “Have a great day!”
Such a small thing, but what a huge difference it made to my morning. That mom had no idea my heart is heavy for grieving friends (three different families!!!) who have recently lost loved ones, or that my own little one was having an ‘off-morning’ this wet, cold and raw Monday morning, or that my to-do list, which keeps growing, and my schedule are unequally balanced.
That mom is never going to know she brighten my day. It happened so quick I don’t even know the make of her car, but the incident imprinted upon me enough, that I am writing a blog post.
Letting another car merge in the car rider line when she totally had the right of way and totally didn’t have to on a busy Monday morning was merely basic decency, but the thumbs up and that sunshine smile took kindness to the next level. What did it cost but a little effort.
Was that other mom having a super great morning and just wanted to share the joy, or perhaps more likely she chose to brighten the world around her.
Kindness is always a choice, and it’s always the best choice.
Kindness doesn’t have to take money or a great deal of effort, but it does require practice.
Start with a smile.
Then perhaps a thumbs up that says, “Hey we’re both human, I’ve got you.”
Let another car merge – it’s actually fun. Too often the other drivers are shocked, they’re not used to kindness.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, feed one.” – Mother Teresa
Too often we think of making a difference in a global sense. Bigger is better. More is mightier, and it’s easy to kick that can down the road of “I am nobody. What can I possibly do with such little time, influence, and money?”
The LORD doesn’t need our time, influence, or money, but the LORD does desire our willing hearts. Hearts that are willing to put others before ourselves. Radical thought in this 21st century, but one so desperately needed.
“If a man is ready and willing to give, he should give what he has, not what he does not have.” – 2 Corinthians 8:12
What do you have to give? What do you have to share? It’s as simple as a huge smile, a thumbs up, and letting someone merge in traffic on a wet, cold, raw Monday morning.
“…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16