God’s grace is sufficient =)
I am a mother of three and have recently completed my college degree. The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with. Her last project of the term was called “Smile.”
The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions. I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway, so, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.
Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing special play time with our son. We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did. I did not move an inch…an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around I smelled a horrible “dirty body” smell, and there standing right behind me were two poor homeless men.
As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was “smiling”. His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched for acceptance. He said, “Good day” as he counted the few coins he had been clutching. The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally deficient and the blue eyed gentleman was his salvation. I held my tears as I stood there with them.
The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted. He said, “Coffee is all Miss” because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. He just wanted to be warm). Then I really felt it ~ the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action.
I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue eyed gentleman’s cold hand. He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, “Thank you.” I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, “I did not do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope.” I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son.
When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, “That is why God gave you to me, Honey. To give me hope.” We held hands for a moment and at that time we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given, were we able to give. We are not church goers, but we are believers. That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love.
I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand. I turned in “my project” and the instructor read it. Then she looked up at me and said, “Can I share this?” I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class. She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God, share this need to heal people and be healed.
In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my husband, son, instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.
I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE. Much love and compassion is sent to each and every person who may read this and learn how to LOVE PEOPLE AND USE THINGS~NOT LOVE THINGS AND USE PEOPLE.
We all can wait, aren’t we?
The matter is, are we waiting with good attitude or with a lot of grumbles?
Everyday, we are waiting.
Waiting clients for appointment,
Waiting for bus to return home,
Waiting for friend to have dinner,
Waiting for parent to fetch us,
Waiting for teacher to come in,
Waiting your team mate who are slow,
Waiting the food in restaurant,
Waiting message/email reply from someone.
It’s even worst, when we are waiting while we are lacking time.
So, every time we end up with tonnes of grumbles and complains.
Consequently, it affects our relationship with others.
To prevent this situation to happen, we all do have responsibility.
We need to be punctual, it’s very important for every event or occasion in life, because we are stealing other’s time if we are late.
If we are late with good reason, then we shall be accountable, and honestly inform the person who is waiting that you will be late. This would reduce the conflict and misunderstanding.
If you are the person who are waiting, try not to think negatively about the person you are waiting, as a negative thought will multiply tonnes of negative thoughts.
We need to be considerate, and think of the big picture, that in order to make the meeting or appointment successful, we need to have good attitude. It’s one of the rules to maintain a healthy relationship with others.
Hence, let’s us learn to be patience starts from today and you can make a difference in your life.
Let’s Live Life and Love Life together. Cheers!