“Show to me and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to you.” Genesis 21:23
My son Zack joined the Lego Robotics Team for the first time this year. The competition was this past Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Despite not knowing any of the other families involved, I went to support Zack and see what it was all about.
I’ve never met such a great group of warm and welcoming people before! Every parent I came across was engaging, helpful, and kind. They helped me understand the format of the day, and how the judges scored. They encouraged me to ask as many questions as I liked, and never once made me feel stupid about being so clueless.
As I chatted on the sidelines with one teammate’s dad, I admitted just how naive I was. I told him I had emailed the coach to get her suggestions for the best Lego Robotic kit for Zack’s level. I thought I’d surprise Zack and get him a set for Christmas. When I clicked on the link she sent me, I almost fell over. Who knew Lego Robotic kits cost $350? I told the dad that, needless to say, Zack would not be getting that for Christmas.
In less than a second, he told me that his son had a set that he never used. They’d be happy to loan it to us for Zack to play with. I looked at him a bit stunned. I have never experienced a total stranger offering me the loan of anything that cost $350.
As I thanked him profusely and gave him my contact information, I secretly thought he’d never follow through. It was such an immense act of random kindness; it felt too good to be true. But sure enough, at 10:45 a.m. the next morning, his son was at our front door handing over the set to Zack.
It seems that all we hear is how selfish people are. There is a constant dirge of complaints about being disappointed, snubbed and short changed by others. That dirge is loud and deafening; it convinces us that the majority of people in the world are cruel and conniving. We start thinking that kindness and generosity are things of the past.
Then we experience a random act of kindness from a stranger, and our faith in humanity is restored. We realize that the majority of people are good, and they’re helping others all the time. Recognizing this inspires us to do the same.
On Thanksgiving, I’m usually grateful for my family and friends. This year, I’m adding the kindness of strangers to my gratitude list. It’s easy to be generous with those we love. But to expand our kingdom work, we need to follow this dad’s example and extend kindness to the strangers we meet.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Questions For Reflection:
* What am I grateful for this Thanksgiving?
* Have I ever experienced a random act of kindness from a stranger?
* How did that make me feel?
* What did it inspire in me?
I’d love to hear your responses in the comment section below. 🙂