Two men went to a local “all in one” box store on an errand to get a broken pair of glasses fixed. After a bit if bantering back and forth with the store attendant and a surprisingly fast fix, they walked towards the exit.
To get out one passes through two sets of doors. The first set leads into an alcove like area to walk through then out the second set of doors. As they walked through the first set of doors into the alcove something catches the eye of one of them and he looks down and towards the wall. There sitting on the floor, back against the wall with her arms hugging her knees to her chest is a middle aged woman and she is just sitting there on the floor. Doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with her. “Why is she sitting there? Waiting there for someone”. Panhandler positioned to solicit help?” Eye contact might lead to involvement. Bit of alarm. “Not this time.” She hadn’t yet noticed the look so a quick turn away of the eye.
But just as the one looks back up and away, the other man turns and looks down. And without hesitation he smiles at the woman and in a strong voice greets her and asks “ Hi. How you doing?” Well if there was ever an opportunity for her that was it, but she just nods, nothing more, and out the door the two go. All she would have had to do was respond with a word and without a doubt, the one would have stopped right there, right then and engaged.
Two minds and two hearts, the one guy immediately speculative, considering the possibilities, playing the odds and moving on. The other guy’s first response is to acknowledge a presence and greet. Who knows what might have followed and how it would have been handled but first…a smile… a hello…a how you “doin”. First is a simple act of cordialness. And it was not a labor for him. It’s just the way he is. I can say that because I know him. He’s my brother. His uninhibited kindliness towards others and genuine concern for the well being of all people in his prayers and thoughts and actions are a example and an encouragement for me and I love that he lives out what he believes. The love of God and His ways is in him.
I pray Father, that You would make our hearts kindly and caring towards each, that that would be the foundation of our interactions with one another, that that would be the first way we act towards each other.
May You be glorified.
In Yeshua’s name we pray,
May God’s love be in us all.