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!
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