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Christ in Strangers | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

Christ in Strangers

The kindness of strangersphoto © 2009 Ed Yourdon | more info (via: Wylio)
Two years ago on New Year’s Eve, I made a single resolution: at every opportunity, with each stranger I met, see Christ in them and treat them like Jesus would. That meant every cashier, waitress, grocery bag guy, and person at the gas station – even the rude ones. Sometimes, it meant seeing that in the stranger sitting next to me at church.

At times, I fail miserably. With time, as it became a habit, I found it transformed my life.

The grocery clerk may be grumpy because she’s been on her feet 8 hours and was up all night with a sick parent or kid. When I respond with kindness and zone in the 30 seconds of our conversation to say something to encourage her, it might be the boost she needs to make it through the final hour of her shift before she goes to her second job. Often the person who deserves your kindness the least is the one who needs it the most.

Everyone has a story, a silent sorrow, and hopes for the future. If we look at everyone with fresh eyes and see their soul in their eyes, it will be easier to be kind.

The small things we do with great love can save a life and change the world.

Over time, more of those strangers have become friends. The bag boy at our corner grocery now trusts me such that I know when he’s hurting and when he’s happy – and why. And on the days I’ve been hurting, he’s given me the smile I needed.

Cast your bread on the waters. Share your smiles with strangers. In each one, see the face of Jesus Christ in a person fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God.

Someday, in seeing Christ in the strangers you meet, the life you save may just be your own.


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