Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Unconditional Acceptance

Sorry if you have seen this story before circulating in various emails. I thought it was a good reminder of unconditional acceptance.

Accept one another, then just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
Romans 15:7

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree.

The last class I had to take was Sociology. The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.

Her last project of the term was call "Smile". The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.

I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway. So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.

Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald's on a crisp March morning. It was just our way of sharing some special playtime with our son.

We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did.

I did not move an inch...an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved. As I turned around I smelled a horrible "dirty body" smell, and there standing behind me were two homeless men.

As I looked down at the short gentleman, closest to me, he was "smiling". His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God's Light as he searched for acceptance. He said, "Good Day" as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.

The second man was fumbling with his hands as he stood behind his friend. I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue eyed gentleman was his salvation. I held my tears as I stood there with them.

The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted. He said, "Coffee is all Miss" because that was all they could afford. (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something. he just wanted to be warm).

Then I really felt it - the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes. I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray. I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot. I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue eyed gentleman's cold hand.

He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said "thank you".

I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, "I didn't do this for you. God is here working through me to give you hope."

That day showed me the pure Light of God's sweet love.

"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
Matthew 25:40


Lynette said...

Tickle Me Pink it is Tuesday!
SO slow on getting to SITS but that is because I have saved the best for last. And it is all good getting to visit with you!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for coming by my blog. I have really enjoyed hearing from old friends and making new ones!

Your blog on smiles was great. It is amazing how people instantly pick up on it. So very true!

I think everyone should make Cupid a list. After all, he is a man, and we know how they are on asking for directions! :)

Anti-Supermom said...

The McDonald's story was just perfect, so appropriate these days.

Emily said...

Thanks for bringing this story back for us. It's all too easy to get into the "I'm better than them" rut and forget that others have feelings, too. I was on the other side of one of those looks a few months ago, and it seared me to my soul. It's something I hope to never do to another...

Jill (Sneaky Momma) said...

This sweet story brought me to tears the first time I read it. :) Thank you for sharing it on your blog.

Adventures in Mother Venture said...

Good for you. I'm curious to know more about the Smile project...how does the rest of the story go?

Kristen said...

It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing.