Yesterday was a strange day. Seemed like everyone around me was having a rough time. Called a company to take care of some business and the staff was so overwhelmed and flustered that they ended up having to call me back three times before all was handled properly. A friend had gone out-of-town and forgotten an important chore could I go complete the task? A call for help to find a lost item. This went on all day long!
When I caught a moment to think and catch my breath, I started thinking. All of those various people in various places had one thing in common yesterday an interaction with me. Was that interaction a blessing to them? Was that interaction an oasis of peace in an otherwise crazy-busy day?
During this holiday season I expect to encounter many more harried, frazzled people. I am prayerfully determined to give each person a special gift: kindness. Costs me nothing to be patient with the tired store attendant. Costs me nothing to express appreciation to the delivery man who knocks at my door. Costs me nothing to use pleasant tone of voice when making an appointment over the phone. Costs me nothing to hold the door open just a moment longer so the straggler can slip inside.
Sometimes my own busyness causes me to be thoughtless and self-centered. I get wrapped up in my own super long to-do list. I’m asking the Lord to help me to be more deliberate in showing an extra bit of love to those who need it this time of year. Will you join me?