I love to drive this particular route.
- Yes, I go through two school zones.
- Yes, the speed limit is… well… limiting.
- Yes, it may take a little longer to get where I’m going.
But it also takes me past someone who brightens my day. So… it’s worth it.
… Because sometimes we just crave kindness.
You see, this particular path takes me right by an older man who volunteers his mornings as a cross guard for a neighborhood school.
It’s obvious he’s too old to have kids in elementary school. Grandkids, maybe. But my guess is that he just has a heart to serve. Maybe he has a heart for kids and wants to ensure their safety.
And while I love that idea, what causes me to take this specific route is what he does for… me.
No matter my gender…
Regardless of my socio-economic status…
Political affiliation aside…
Despite my age or skin color…
… he waves at me.
He sees me coming, looks right at me, shares a big grin… and waves.
Sounds so simple, I know.
But that kindness makes me navigate slower speeds, and encourages me to take a longer route.
Sisters, be it strangers or those we love: How we treat others… matters.
I once read a quote that said, “Treat everyone with kindness, even those who are rude to you – not because they are nice, but because you are.”
What if we decided to just be… nice?
When the waitress gets our food order wrong… we are polite.
When someone cuts us off on the road… we let it go.
When we are the target of someone’s anger… we give grace.
No. I don’t think this is easy… or fun… or natural. Honestly, it feels more normal to respond in a “like” manner. It’s easier to allow your anger to come out sideways than to respond in the opposite spirit.
But, we can choose to be kind to others.
We can make a decision to act differently than the world.
We can be that city on a hill (Matthew 5:14).
You see… Jesus tells us to love. It’s not romantic love. It’s love that is selfless and respectful and kind. And it’s how He wants us to relate to each other.
It’s not a suggestion.
It’s a command.
But so often we treat it as an… option.
What would this world look like if we decided to love others with our words… our actions… our attitudes… and our behaviors.
Let’s find out.
REALITY CHECK: In a world full of people who couldn’t care less, be someone who couldn’t care more.
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