Monday, July 7, 2014

Cookies and Kindness

When we moved into our neighborhood 10 years ago we knew that living in Tacoma was going to be a lesson in life that would change our hearts forever. We purchased our home and were honestly, a bit worried for our safety but, it was very evident that God had called us here.

(Walking down the alley in our neighborhood while drinking Slurpees from 7-11)

One thing that God has been teaching me is about kindness. Kindness to the least of these. In our neighborhood it's learning to be kind and loving toward kids that roam; with no parents supervising them, hungry, thristy, and basically on their own. Yes, they have stolen things from us and ruined plants in our yard but how does God ask me to respond? He has called us to respond with kindness and love. Noah, our 9 year old, has a very soft heart and constantly advocates for these kids. "Mom, they are hungry. Do we have anything for them?" "I need to give them water." Noah often reflects the love of Jesus better than I do. I am learning from him. I often want to tell them to go home and get water or something to eat but during our church gathering on Sunday God called me to be different, to show them Jesus in the smallest of gestures.

God told me to make cookies. Have homemade cookies available to hand them when they say they are hungry. Purchase Costco size packages of granola bars, string cheese and water bottles available for these kiddos that are hungry and thirsty. I need to jump at the chance to serve them by pumping up their bike tires. I need to love them well because Jesus loves all of us perfectly and we are called to be a reflection of His love. It's the simple things like cookies and kindness that can show a person Jesus' love.

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