Acts of kindness make us memorable beyond sweet words, meaningful messages and teachable moments. My story of proof comes from the first Christian Communicators conference Vonda and I held inSouth Carolina.
Guests were expected to arrive just after lunch. Vonda and I were thrilled. We were so full of praise and prayers to God for making that momentous day a reality; we could hardly swallow a bite of our simple sandwiches.
When the doorbell rang to tell us that our first guest had arrived, we rushed to swing open the door. Behind two big colorful bouquets of mixed flowers was a beautiful smile from Barbara Evers. The flowers graced theLakeHousefor all to enjoy. This first act spoke kindness into our hearts before she ever said a word. But Barbara wasn’t done.
Next Barbara carried in a big tattered box that she placed gently on the kitchen counter. With a soft voice she said, “Carolyn, these were my grandmother’s tea cups and plates. I had taken them to an antique shop. They were going to give me only “x” dollars for all of them. They meant much more than that to my grandmother and me. I thought you might like to have them. I read you host tea parties. They’re yours if you want them.”
For a rare moment, I was speechless! My breath was taken away with such a meaningful gift. Barbara’s presentation took just moments but the message resounds with me each time I bring out the charming cups and plates.
Barbara came to that first Christian Communicators’ conference to learn from Vonda and me. However, she taught us through her acts of kindness. They continue to speak to us long after her words.
Do you have a treasured memory of an act of kindness that still speaks to you today?
Actions speak on!
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved; clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12