“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:32
While working in downtown Fort Worth, I stopped for breakfast at a Jack In The Box and for whatever reason, opted to go in instead of going through the drive-thru. There was a disheveled man at the counter begging for coffee. The employees ignored him and asked me what I wanted. I ordered two breakfast meals. When the orders came up I asked the man to join me.
He thanked me and we sat down. Come to find out, he repaired electronics, like I do. When the economy tanked in the 80s, he lost his house, his family, and most of his possessions. He didn’t know this, but he taught me humility that day.
I was humbled that someone with so much pride and work ethic could be homeless. He offered to do work for me to pay for his meal. I told him I was in the same line of work, and to consider the meal payment for past work done. I never will forget that experience.
God puts people in our lives who need kindness. He knows we need the interaction, the wisdom they can impart, or the connection to another human. If we act out of anger or hatred, then we miss those golden opportunities God presents us with.
I haven’t had another experience like that since, but I do look forward to the next act of kindness I can impart.
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“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.” – Proverbs 19:17