Whatsoever ye would that men should
do to you, do ye even so to them.
My girls and I recently went on a road trip to visit family in Washington state while my husband was out of the country on a business trip.
9 hours into our drive north we were all in desperate need of a bathroom, a snack, and a chance to stretch our legs. We were in the middle of nowhere, without many options, so when I saw a lonely truck stop coming up, I quickly exited. I told the girls they could pick a treat, and so commenced the process of walking up and down each aisle, trying to decide what they were going to choose.
My seven-year-old had her sights set on the freezer filled with ice cream. She called me over, asking me to help her choose, and we stood there discussing the merits of one ice cream bar over another. A couple of times someone pushed passed us, clearly annoyed that we were in the way. After a few minutes an older gentlemen walked over to us.
He had been standing nearby.
He looked at my daughter and said, “You are a good kid.”
Reaching into his pocket he pulled out two one dollar bills and handed them to her saying, “I want to buy you your ice cream. You keep being a good kid for your mom.” He smiled at her as she thanked him with a big smile on her face, and then walked away.
Going out in public with kids usually means being extra vigilant, making sure we keep a tight rein on their behavior. Even kids on their best behavior can receive annoyed looks from the adults around them, expecting them to act like little adults, instead of the curious, giggling, fun-loving people that they more often are. The fact that this man had noticed my daughter being good and had gone out of his way to say something and make her feel good about it really touched me.
It got me thinking about how we react to those around us, both the people that we know as well as strangers.
How would God want us to react?
How often do we actively look for the good? And beyond that, how often do we take a moment out of our day to appreciate the good and reach out to others and let them know that we appreciate it?
I know that it makes a difference.
Insight and Inspiration
Matthew 7:1 – 2
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.
Look for someone doing good today and find some way to recognize them or thank them for it.