Today we served in two completely different environments. The majority of the day was spent at a Boys and Girls Club for children ages K-6. They all come from very difficult circumstances in life for a variety of reasons. We spent the day with them doing some classroom work like reading and science projects and we also had time to play games and be outside at recess time. The kids, like all kids, have their good moments and not so good moments. They really just love having people there to spend time focusing only on being with them, talking to them, listening to them and laughing with them. To spend the the day sharing time with the littlest of God’s children is a place of true joy for me. Their smiles and laughter are contagious and they really bring out the simplicity of how just spending time with others makes a significant difference in their day.
The evening portion of the day we spent at a Salvation Army senior assisted living center where we played BINGO with the residents and shared conversations and dessert. What a great way to spend a couple hours of your day. This is a group of people that enjoy the opportunity to meet new people, learn about each other and play some pretty competitive BINGO for prizes that are household items that they can use where they live.
In both circumstances the kindness of putting the needs of others before your own makes such a difference to people. Whether it is the youngest people, oldest people or people who are struggling in life…it is so important to choose to show kindness and not get so caught up in me, my and I. The world constantly tells us a message of selfishness, get yours and stand up for your rights…this type of selfish attitude is a primary problem that leads to the injustices of hunger and homelessness.
The bible has many things to say about kindness, our verse for the day today speaks clearly about how God sees kindness…
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8
I know how it is easy to get caught up in the day to day business of life but I pray that that all of us will be more aware of how we are treating others we encounter more often as the following statement is really true…give a stranger one of your smiles today as it may be the only act of kindness they receive all day.
Peace be with you.