We continue our Pray A to Z series today, and J is for Job Seekers. You can get caught up on the entire series here. If you haven’t downloaded your free, printable prayer cards, you may get those here.
Today’s post comes from Amy Sullivan. Amy has just published a book titled When More is Not Enough – How to Stop Giving Your Kids What They Want and Give Them What They Need. This book is a fantastic resource for families filled with practical ways for you to start serving your community. She shares her own family’s journey into serving with a tone that is light, often humorous, and definitely not guilt-inducing. When we talk about creating communities of kindness, I think of this book as a great resource. I’m excited to give away one copy to a reader! Be sure to enter at the bottom of this post. And if you don’t win, go pick up a copy. You wont’ regret it.
Now, please enjoy Amy’s story of how a friend showed creative kindness to her during a low season of her life.
At one of the lowest points in my life, a friend showed up at my house.
I heard her turn her car off. I also heard the heels of her boots click as she walked up my sidewalk. Then I heard her knocking, but I pretended I didn’t. Instead, I pretended to sleep. I listened to my friend turn the handle of my front door back and forth, back and forth. It was locked. We lived in a bad neighborhood. Therefore, our door was always locked. At that moment, I loved our bad neighborhood.
Maybe my friend would think I ran to the 7-Eleven to drown my sorrows in a biggie sized Diet Coke, and maybe then she would go away.
Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong the doorbell rang.
I slowly made my way down the stairs. Maybe she will give up if it takes me too long to answer the door.
Ding dong, ding dong, ding dong the doorbell sang.
I opened the door and saw her standing there with a brown grocery bag in her arms. I’m not sure I said hello. Instead, I sat on the couch, and my friend went to my kitchen. I watched as she dug through my cupboards and pulled out bowls. I stared as she unpacked the grocery bag.
She pulled out whipping cream, lemon, cinnamon, and three kinds of berries. She poured half and half into a bowl with sweet cream and cinnamon, and then whipped-up the creamy mixture and sprinkled berries on the top.
My friend and I sat in silence and ate our parfaits together. Words weren’t exchanged. Everything we could have said sounded cliché. Instead we scooped up our parfaits and listened to the spoons clink on our sundae-sized glasses.
When I think of kindness, I think of this story. I think about showing up and giving someone something they need if even they don’t know they need it, even when they don’t answer the door.
Kindness is the idea of compassion, generosity, and thoughtfulness all wrapped-up together and sometimes it even comes in oversized, sundae glasses.
We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. —Charlie Chapman, comedian, writer, filmmaker
Amy L. Sullivan just released her first book entitled When More is Not Enough: How to Stop Giving Your Kids What They Want and Give Them What They Need. She writes for oodles of online and print publications. She’d love to connect with you at AmyLSullivan.com.
Pull our your K Card:
- Write down names of people you can show kindness to this week.
- Ask God, through His Holy Spirit, to grow the fruit of kindness in you and your community.
- Pray for God to open your eyes to people around you.
- Ask God to give you courage to persist even when the person doesn’t “answer the door.”
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