Sometimes a random act of kindness can change everything.
I have to admit, this morning was rough. I sluggishly woke to the energetic banter of all four of them, and we were already late, as usual. I told them to get ready to go, and they nodded and scattered. And I counted on them to obey.
The littlest asked for two braids and I put them in, but as I was almost done, she cried and argued, insisting it was all wrong—that she had wanted pigtails instead. But we were late and I wasn’t in the mood. It’s always a negotiation with this baby of the family. She has so many opinions at age four! And her protesting went on and on, but I did not cave. Two braids it would be.
I gathered myself and descended the stairs, ready to load everyone up in the car. But apparently my oldest daughter had decided to ignore me and play in her pajamas instead of eating and getting ready. Awesome. Let’s just say my words to her were not full of patient instruction. That’s all you need to know.
My youngest son chose long-sleeves for this 90-degree day. So up the stairs I trekked to give him a short sleeve shirt that matched. And then he began to cry because we were leaving and he was hungry. But he too had chosen to play with his sister instead of get ready. Maybe a hungry stomach will help him remember to obey next time? Does that make me mean?
My oldest son protested against wearing a hat to protect his face from the sun, which I suppose sunscreen would have solved, but he protested about combing his hair too. So I informed him, a hat it would be. And I’m pretty sure under the brim there was some rolling of the eyes in silent protest too. I’m such an unreasonable mom, you know.
It’s hard to put in words and recreate these morning moments for you to really see, but suffice it to say I had choices too and I will admit I wasn’t in my most glorious form this morning.
I raised my voice a little too loud,
rolled my eyes a little too much,
and just plain felt like I was climbing a mountain just trying to do this mothering thing.
Uphill all the way.
I dropped off the two oldest at the park for their morning of activities, and continued on with the youngest two in tow.
And what does a discouraged mom decide to do? Go to Starbucks of course!
And no sooner do I reach the front of the line, than the barista with the headphone-thingy from the drive-through rushes over to the counter with a random debit card.
“The lady in the drive-thru wants to pay for your order…” she said.
And at first I’m not sure I hear her right. And that’s when I look over and see her, my sweet friend from church, sitting in her SUV with her three kids in tow.
And she smiles and waves and blesses my heart all at the same time.
She had no idea the kind of morning I’d had. No clue what I’d faced in the last hour.
But she had decided to do something. No strings attached. Without seeing a need, she just made a decision. She decided to give, in the way she knew how in that moment. And she blessed me.
And can you believe that her small act of being kind changed my day?
It did. It really did.
I already knew in my heart I was needing to get a hold of my attitude.
I knew I needed to put on the clothing of Colossians 3,
and the Fruit of Galatians 5.
But to be honest…I just wanted to loathe a bit longer in the pity of my situation, before forcing myself to die to my flesh and surrender to His way.
I was getting around to giving thanks … I was just putting it off a bit more.
How sad is that? I do this to myself. Why am I so slow to choose joy?
Can you relate?
But her gift, it catapulted me forward … jump-started my gratitude, and helped me in just the right way.
And we have that power, you and me.
We have been blessed to become the blessing, even in the tiniest ways.
You and I can make that kind of difference.
We really can!
How about we open our eyes and our hearts TODAY, and look for even the smallest way we can become the gift?
Because what may seem small to you, might just change everything for them.
Have you ever been the recipient of someone’s random act of kindness? How were you changed?
How has giving to someone else changed you?
#1486 A no-children weekend away in San Diego
#1487 The invitation to do a half-marathon in October…yikes!
#1488 A day at the pool with friends
#1489 A job I love
#1490 Late nights writing
#1491 Podcasts, and Bible Study, and my eyes being opened
#1492 The help of my in-laws…how would I make it without them!
#1493 Starbucks chai tea lattes and tiny acts of kindness
#1494 Homeschool planning
#1495 The anticipation of She Speaks in July
#1496 Our new good morning girl
#1497 Six weeks spent discipling six ladies and the joy and gratitude we all found together
#1498 Uninterrupted sleep
#1500 Meditating on Matthew 5 and all its richness
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