My fire-year old daughter and I were out ridding bikes in the neighborhood. Noticing that I was saying hello to every person we passed she asked, "Why are you talking to strangers?" I told her as long as she was with an adult, then it was alright to say hello or smile to someone she didn't know. But of course that goes against everything this blog is about. I am asking one thing of myself but teaching her to do the opposite. I know, kids safety says otherwise but is this the best way to instruct children to help make the world a better place?
When we show kindness to a stranger, when we treat him or her the way we would treat Jesus or someone we loved dearly, then we are demonstrating a kind of justice that comes from the heart and embraces peace.
It's not too hard to do. It could easily be a welcoming smile to a stranger as you pass them on the street. It could be giving a dollar to someone in need of money. Perhaps its recycling clothing to someone who needs a clean shirt for a job interview or a coat to someone who doesn't have one.
Each kind act begets another. If you are a Christian, then this is what Jesus' teachings were all about. Even if you are secular in your thought and actions, it's hard to not to feel better after doing something good, especially for someone you don't know.
So begin to develop a habit of smiling to people. It should brighten their day as well as yours. And who knows, maybe it might make my children smile at one another more often.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”