I had the opportunity to put a smile on somebody's face this week and I took it gladly. It really doesn't matter what I did, but I can tell you it was unexpected by the recipient and it did cost me something. But it also put things in perspective for me, and perspective combined with serving kindness to somebody is a very good thing.
As we made the decision to take the action, my wife reminded me we had seen something far more selfless on one of our favorite TV shows. One of the contestants gave his earned advantage to another to the tune of $20K. Now, I'll probably never be in that position, but the way it came about had the effect of restoring a little faith in humanity.
Now, ultimately, our humanity is what does us in. But in the midst of all that, we have a Savior who shows us far more than a simple kindness. He gave up his all to show us an everlasting kindness that offers true and permanent change. In embracing what he gives, we have the opportunity to reflect that gift out into a world that needs our Redeemer desperately.
As I walk my Crooked Path, may I often take time to show simple kindness - and also the faith that I reflect in those acts - to many who I encounter. That is, after all, something we are called to do ... and the smiles we get in return are worth it.