Four Year Old Child Makes A Big Difference!

Sep 15, 2008  |     |   General

By Steve Lund, Volunteer Associate at Open Door Mission

I was privileged enough to talk to one of our finest volunteers today; a very nice lady who comes in about every week with a great attitude and does a very good job in our kitchen.Anyway, as we got into discussing life, spirituality and relationships, she mentioned the value of always looking for the good in people and in situations.

Now, as much I realize the importance of this, I’m not sure I’m as faithful in putting it into practice — a shame, because it really is vital to our character and our relationships with others! I consider myself a bit of a realist — I won’t ignore a bad situation and pretend my problems don’t exist in order to remain positive — but there’s a difference between foolish optimism and DECIDING to see the things that are good in people or in your life despite what may be bad. Because the truth is that there are a lot of good people in the world and there are a lot of good things that happen.

Just this last week I was a witness to an extraordinary act of genuine kindness..A mother and her four-year-old daughter came in to the Open Door Mission to donate several brand new toys and items for the kids and families — quite a blessing in itself! However, while talking with them both about why they decided to bring these new items in we discovered much more to the story, and much more beneath the surface of a timid and shy four-year-old girl.

Apparently, mom had been in a situation earlier in her life that had put her near homelessness, and being able to identify with that sort of helpless situation, had instilled in her daughter, Abigail, the values of helping those in need and sharing with those who have less.

Abigail decided all on her own that she wanted to help homeless children, and give them the kinds of brand new toys that she wanted herself. So she collected her parents’ old soda cans for about a year and a half, in addition to the neighbors, turning them in for money, and sold lemonade at a garage sale. She ended up raising well over $300 that she and her mom used to buy enough brand new items and toys to fill up their SUV!

It is absolutely incredible to witness the compassion and kindness that we alone are not capable of, but only a loving God working through us! It’s encouraging, uplifting, and even inspiring — it makes us all want to do a better job. It’s only when we realize how much we are loved, that we are empowered to truly love others.

Thank you mom; thank you little Abigail!

2 thoughts on “Four Year Old Child Makes A Big Difference!

  1. Thank you Steve for showing Abigail what a true blessing she is to many (including this mom…her mom). She did ask many questions about what we saw the day we came down, and through this experience has realized that God has given her a great deal in life!!
    But what is most important is not what she sees around her, but what I’m seeing daily as she grows!
    God is doing good things in this little girl’s heart!! And we pray that each and every one of you (and this mommy included) can open up our hearts, forget about our problems and troubles for a day, and share the love and blessings God has given to us by giving to those around us…just as this little blessing as done.

    May we all have the heart of a child and reach out to the world that is hurting around us….

    Jesus said to “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” Luke 18:15-17

    May Abigail’s story soften your hearts and bring you just a little closer to God!

    I love you baby girl! You may be growing up so strong and beautiful, but you’ll always be my little girl!!

    For those who wish to donate cans to Abby Cans for Kids, she is no longer taking bottles, just cans…soda, beer, energy drinks, etc. Please bring them in tied shut plastic kitchen or yard bags…big or little. (You can recycle them yourselves and bring the nickles too….she has her piggy bank collection that is empty and ready for filling up again).
    Abigail will again be saving her nickels, one can at a time, until she has enough to purchase something for each child in the homeless shelter (the range in age from infant – 18). Goodness knows Eric and I didn’t drink that much soda…it was contributions from many many of you! THANK YOU!!!
    Please Please don’t bring dripping wet bags of cans and spills….empty the cans before you bag them please. Abigail works hard to keep the cans neat and tidy until recycling day so as not to make the side of daddy’s garage a mess

    GOD BLESS and Good Night!

  2. Very cool story Steven!

    Jesus told us just how important and even necessary it is for us to let the children be our models. We know that the kids are watching us, but clearly we need to be paying much more attention to these little ones!

    Thanks for your dedication, and for all that you do for God’s children at Open Door Mission.


    Scot Morris

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