Years ago, I had to run a quick errand before an important meeting on the other side of town. As I rushed from the store to my car, I saw a young mother struggling to hold two toddlers while dragging a shopping cart across the parking lot. She looked tired and overwhelmed. Just as I was about to drive off, I noticed her reaching her car and bursting into tears. Her tire was flat.
I wasn’t prepared for the situation. I was already running late and didn’t feel like dealing with a flat tire. But this young mother clearly needed help, so I rolled up my sleeves and stepped in. It turned out she had good reason to be stressed. Her husband was deployed overseas, and being new to the area, she had no family or friends nearby. She was alone with two children in a new and unfamiliar city.
That day, I learned the importance of a small act of kindness. And I almost missed it.
For Jesus, service was often an interruption. Most of the people he served were individuals he encountered on his way to somewhere else. That’s why it’s wise for us to ask, „Who does God want me to interact with today?“ Who is God speaking to your heart about, saying, „Pause, pay attention to this person“?
To walk with God means walking alongside our fellow human beings who are going through difficulties. Sometimes, it might be an encouraging phone call or text. In other cases, it might mean putting our own agenda on hold so we can minister to that person face to face.
I speak with Karen Ehman, an author and speaker at Proverbs 31 Ministries, on our „Focus on the Family“ broadcast about „Engaging Others with Love, Kindness, and Service“ and why kindness is one of the great secrets to loving our neighbor as Jesus did. Unusual love and kindness are what open crusty hearts to the possibility that God exists and loves them.
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Karen’s book Listen, Love, Repeat: Other-Centered Living in a Self-Centered World is available for any donation amount. More information can be found here.