“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience, …” Colossians 3:12
Well, the yesterday didn’t start out very well…I overslept (yes, even retired people can do this). My husband and I had to jump up and rush around so that he could get to his breakfast meeting with another Pastor, and I would be ready to drive our granddaughter to school. I didn’t have time for breakfast and when Katelyn arrived, she was being a typical Monday morning teenager; rolling her eyes, shrugging instead of answering my questions, looking generally bored and unhappy. When we started out the door, I wasn’t in a good mood.
Then something happened. We got to her school and pulled up to the drop off area. It was a gusty day and one of the male teachers on duty came right up to the passenger door. He opened it saying, “It’s windy, so I want to make sure your door doesn’t get away from you and is closed tightly” and then “Hello Katelyn, have you got everything?” He gave me a little wave. I hadn’t said a word, but his kind and helpful manner changed the way I was feeling. Instead of feeling irritable and grouchy because of my growling stomach, I felt happy and thankful to be noticed and treated helpfully and personally. It turned my day and my attitude around.
So my question is, why don’t we all do this more often? Why don’t we take the time to see the people around us as people and realize that our behavior may make or break their day? It doesn’t really take much effort to be courteous; to say thank you; to be patient when someone is struggling or new on the job; to address someone by their name if we know it or see it on a nametag; to offer help or hold a door or just say “have a blessed day.”
Did someone make your day today? Thank them and thank God.