What do you do on the beach? I’m here now on vacation with my family, and my brain doesn’t get how to chill. I’ll sit out in the sun for a bit, but shortly thereafter my mind nags me to walk, write or devour books to keep it busy. You see, its automatic is fastness. Going. Doing. It time-travels even when I’m in the most peaceful places, places where worries should not go. In the midst of paradise, my brain tells me we’re not doing enough. It asks where life will take us next, and who with. Does this ever happen to you?
To celebrate 100 years of women on mission for Christ, my church invited #1 New York Times best-selling author Laura Schroff to visit and share her story. Her uncommon connection with an eleven-year-old beggar named Maurice on the streets of NYC transformed her life, and it impacts yours and mine as well.
How does this video documenting a homeless child social experiment make you feel?
I teared up during it because in the expression “we are all students of life,” we obviously have so much to learn. It made it clear to me that I can do better in living out God’s mission; we all can. Far too often, we retreat to the comfort of our ignorance, wealth, titles and technology, failing to open our eyes and see people right in front of us who need our help. Be it a classmate, friend, homeless person on the streets, or an acquaintance with a response to “how are you?” that isn’t just the socially acceptable “good”, we are constantly failing to recognize or turning a blind eye to opportunities to share God’s love. I am humbled by God’s grace for us as we learn to be kinder to one another and to have more compassion. Furthermore, I am amazed by His power to use simple acts of kindness to change lives.