A couple weeks ago, I ran up to the corner gas station for a Pepsi. I frequent this gas station since it’s so close. In this particular trip, I came across a cashier who had a lot on her mind. Well, that always seems to be the case.
When I said “hi” as I walked up to the counter, I was met with silence. So, I decided to ask how her morning was going. She gave an effortless smile and gave me the total. As I paid and took my receipt, I said “Have a great day”. No acknowledgement.
As I left the gas station, I wasn’t as concerned with how my kindness went unanswered. I was concerned with how much she must be going through. She couldn’t even find the energy to entertain a ‘hi’ or even a ‘Good, thanks’.
See, kindness isn’t about what we receive, it’s about what we give. It’s about acknowledging that we may be the only light of kindness in the day for that person. We don’t know people’s situations.
Something I stress to the kids constantly, is that we always, always treat others with kindness. No exceptions. No buts. Kindness.
Ephesians 4:32 makes it clear how we are supposed to treat others.
Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ has forgiven you
Powerful stuff. While we can find many ways to fall short of what God expects of us and what our kids expect of us, one thing we should never fall short from is treating others with kindness. Be a difference maker.