The Way It’s Supposed to Work
I don’t know why my friend’s response shocked me. This wasn’t the first time someone was willing to go out of her way so I would have a ride. But her kindness touched me so deeply that I had to pause before sending a Thank You. I reread the part that I sensed God wanting me to take to heart. Again.
“It’s what we are put on this earth to do . . . to help each other.”
Hadn’t I learned that during my first year as a single mom? How many times had friends responded to my fear of being a burden with, “This is how God’s family is supposed to work”? Yet, I still fought a twinge of guilt when I let someone “be inconvenienced” for my sake. I still wanted to ask, “Are you sure?” I still wondered if I should offer gas money or repay her somehow. When God showered me with kindness on a day when I really needed it, the insecure side of me wanted to sit down every friend who’d given me a gift, a verse, or an unexpected blessing and ask, “Why do so many people want to be nice to me?”
It’s what we are put on this earth to do.
This is how God’s family is supposed to work.
As I got ready to accept my friend’s offer, I decided it was time to stop questioning kindness and letting guilt overshadow my gratitude when a sweet sister in Christ was willing to meet a need.
Just be thankful!As I got ready to accept my friend’s offer, I decided it was time to stop questioning kindness… Click To Tweet
After all, why do I decide to say yes to a request? Why am I even willing to change my own schedule sometimes or go out of my way? Why do I choose to do something nice for someone?
I do it because I care about that person. I want to see her get what she needs or wants. I do it because I have been in the receiving end of so much generosity that my natural response is to be kind and helpful to others. I do it because I consider her worth changing my plan, getting up earlier, staying up later, or adding one extra activity into my day for. I do it because God has shown me through years of beautiful examples that this truly is how His family is supposed to work.
The same goes for the “Why do so many people want to be nice to me?” question.
This is the way God’s family is supposed to work.
He calls us to be generous, to encourage one another, to say and do nice things. So why is it so shocking when a friend does any of the above? How would I feel if I obeyed a nudge on my heart to do something nice for a friend and she got suspicious? “Why are you doing this?” It would kind of take the fun out of it.
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” Galatians 6:10 (ESV).
How blessed I am to have so many friends in my life who live out this verse! My goal now is to just be thankful as I continue to pass kindness on to others.
What about you? How easy is it for you to let someone be kind without questioning it or struggling with guilt? How is God showing you that we were put on this earth to help each other?My goal now is to just be thankful as I continue to pass kindness on to others. Click To Tweet