Spread A Little Kindness
I was out walking my dogs recently and encountered a family sitting outside. It was a typical scene on a summer night in my sweet little small town. Adults in a circle of lawn chairs, and a little girl running around having fun. As I approached the sidewalk in front of their house I could tell the little girl wanted to pet my dogs.
I overhead her mother say, "You can pet them if you ask first." The same statement I've told my children over and over again...
The little girl approached me with wild excitement. She was friendly, something I didn't experience with my kids. Don't get me wrong, my kids are great, they were just VERY shy when they were as little as she. They would cower behind me, scared to death to ask someone if they could pet their dog; let alone have a conversation with a stranger.
I crouched down to shorten the leashes so my little dogs wouldn't jump on her while she pet them. The 3 of them had a great time. The little girl was giggling and asking me questions. Our conversation filled my heart with such joy. I have been home from the job I love as an administrative assistant at a school since March and oh how I miss these sweet interactions with God's most innocent creation...his children.
It wasn't long before she looked at me at said, "hey, we are the same." She has curly blonde hair, mine is straight and brunette/gray, I am old(ish), she is young. All I saw was our differences, she saw our commonality. We were both wearing black shirts. Hers had hearts on it, which I pointed out to her was beautiful and I received a glowing smile in return. Her parents watched our interaction, and were as grateful for it as I was.
This simple few minutes with this sweet girl changed my heart. Why, as adults, is it so difficult for us to find common ground with a stranger?
I encourage us all today to look for the ways we are the same and ignore the differences. "Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." Ephesians 4:32