One of my favorite things to do is to be nice to people. My grandfather always told me to treat others the way that I would want to be treated. I believe this is something that we all know but soon forget or just block it out because we get so caught up in our own busy world. Over the past several months I have been able to volunteer in different capacities to mentor local youth. The main photo on this post is a time that our youth group hosted a day to hang out with inner city children from a nearby community. Although it may seem like no big deal to some people, this could have been one of the few times that the kids actually were able to be kids, experience joy and witness barriers being broken in the simplest form of people loving people. We invited them in, ate with them, played games together and just showed these children that they are loved no matter what their day to day life may look like. I would say that we had an impact on those kids but the reality for me is that they had a huge impact on my life. For a day, there was nothing for me or any of the other leaders to focus on except being the hands and feet of Jesus. Hearing stories about their lives and just being in their presence was enough to really see that everything that I have been through in my own life, even on the worst days, was likely no way near the pain and loneliness that some of these kids will be facing when they head back home.
See, every Thursday night we have youth group. We have anywhere between 60-100 kids come hang out, eat dinner and experience the joys of being a Christian and hear the encouragement to face some of the pitfalls that they will face growing up in such a broken world. The one thing that still rings true and will always ring true for me is that little saying, "treat others the way that you would want to be treated".
The below video is worth the few minutes it takes to watch. It just shows the hope I have each time I get to show kindness to someone. My hope is that by me being love and showing love that one day, when the opportunity presents itself that the receiver of the gift of kindness will soon be the giver.