Dr. Michael Dent / December 17, 2012
Two weeks ago a retired pastor in our congregation shared with me a recent experience at Starbucks. Sam was in the drive-through line. When he got to the window to pay, the barista said, “The woman in front of you paid for your drink.” “WOW!” Sam said, “That’s nice.” Then the barista said, “Last week we had a string of 44 people paying the bill for the next car.” Preacher Sam replied, “That will preach!”
Kindness is good in any season. Kindness is contagious. Doing good for someone else is often not hard and can make a big difference…letting a car over in the lane beside you…picking up a piece of trash on the sidewalk…taking a picture of a couple on their vacation…
Practicing random and un-random acts of kindness is especially befitting in this season. Last Tuesday the residents of Denver and the surrounding communities were surprised to wake to snowy-icy streets. I was amazed how nice drivers were in patiently creeping down streets at a snail’s pace. No one was in a hurry. Everyone let others in. No honking, speeding, or ugly stares. My normal 20-minute drive took 40 minutes. As staff members arrived late for work, none was upset or complaining about the tedious drive to the church.
We all knew we were in this together. Much like life, when we are kind and take our time and are considerate along the way, we arrive at our destination healthy, happy, and whole. Have you ever had a stranger “pay it forward” by buying your cup of coffee or meal? Have you ever done so for someone else? How did that feel? What are some ways you can show kindness to others this week before Christmas?