This past Sunday I was talking to the kids about kindness and seeing people the way God sees them. I challenged the kids to do one act of kindness this week by saying something kind. I went further and asked them specifically to tell their lunch lady that they appreciate them. Some of the kids were less than thrilled about this little challenge. Then, before I could catch myself, words flew out of my mouth that I immediately wished I could take back.
I work for a bank during the week and I love my job. I really, truly do. However, there is a huge distance between the guy at the top and myself way down towards the bottom. I don’t always get where he’s coming from and he doesn’t even know who I am. That’s the way companies work, right? Well, lately I’ve been especially critical. As I was talking to the kids, I blurted out that I would right him an appreciation letter. My wife shot me a glance like, “I can’t believe you just said you’d do that.”
I have yet to write the letter, but I will. But the thing I have noticed is that since I have had to try to put on paper words of appreciation, I’ve come to appreciate him more. I still don’t always agree with everything, but I’m not able to see the whole picture and he is. I have to trust that he knows what is best for our company, especially since his family has been in banking for over a hundred years and my family has not. Especially since God put Him in a position of authority. Especially since, above all, he is God’s workmanship and he is valuable to God. Every time I complain about him, I’m complaining about one of God’s children.
So, my simple act of kindness may or may not change him. But it has changed me. And for that, I am truly grateful.