"$30 on pump 2, please," I said.
"OK, would you like help with that?"
"Would you like help with that?"
"Uhmmmmmm, well, I wouldn't refuse!"
Did you see the bold print on the words in the opening paragraph - SELF-SERVE?
I was astounded!!
I can't even begin to tell you how this simple act of kindness blessed me and blessed the rest of my day!! What joy lit up my heart!
So, this act of kindness that involved pumping gas was a very big deal to me!!
I reflected on this kindness most of the day - how much it meant to me - and how much better our world would be if we would all practice these simple acts of kindness every day. And if it touched me so much, a random act of kindness probably touches others in the same way.
To think that I could actually do something to produce that same kind of feeling in someone else!! Wow! Who knows the deep place we may touch in another by our "small" act of kindness??
We go through our days so caught up in our own stuff, we often forget about others.
It's all about ME!
We forget or we don't take the time to practice those "random acts of kindness" and this small act, which was no small act to me, served to remind me that I need to be more mindful to practice kindness myself on a regular basis.
I have been given so much in this life and have been blessed beyond measure by the Lord; how can I not give back what's been given to me?
I am blessed;
I can be a blessing!
I can be the gift!
"God calls me to do thanks. To give the thanks away. That Thanks-giving might literally become thanks-living. That our lives become the very blessings we have received." (Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts)
Just as that act of kindness brought joy to my heart, I could be the joy given to another heart!
"Lord," I prayed, "please help me on a daily basis to be mindful of those I could bless by simple acts of kindness. Open my eyes, Lord, to the opportunities around me all the time to show your love and kindness to others."
As Christians, we need to be different. We need to be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world. We need to live a life in service to others. But our service is unto the Lord, not to man.
"And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men;"
"The work we do is only our love for Jesus in action," writes Mother Teresa. "If we pray the work...if we do it to Jesus, if we do it for Jesus, if we do it with Jesus....that's what makes us content."
Today I can bless others.
Today I can be the blessing.
I can be the gift.