However, at times, opportunities require fast action with no planning.
And the results are fantastic.
My family and I were on our way after church to an extended family Mother’s Day gathering for the afternoon.
On the way, we stopped to get a bag of ice.
We stopped at a convenience store along the route.
As I was approaching the counter I noticed that the woman working the register.
She was probably younger than me, but looked older.
Some of her teeth were missing and she looked very wearied by life.
She was working behind a counter at a convenience store on Mother’s Day because she had to, not because she wanted to.
I asked for one bag of ice and as she was ringing it up, I noticed a pen on the counter and I looked at her and said, “Do you have a piece of paper?”
She said, “Honey, I got this small paper bag, but that’s all.”
I said, “Perfect. May I?”
I began to write on the side of the bag while she began to tell me she had four kids,
“Happy Mother’s Day!
May 11, 2014
I then asked her name.
I added Tanya to the top of the bag and gave it to her and said, “Please keep this from me. Happy Mother’s Day.”
She thanked me and I walked out.
She followed me out to grab a quick cigarette. I gave her a big hug and went to my car.
My family had observed the hug and wanted to know what that was all about.
I simply said, “That’s Tanya. She had four kids. And I gave her a Mother’s Day card.”
Look for the opportunities that God gives you to extend impromptu kindness.
It can make all the difference in the world to someone when they need it most.
“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other.” I Peter 4:8 (TLB)