Several weeks ago my wife and I ordered a shed from an Amish gentleman. It should be ready any day now and we needed to have the location where it it will set to be leveled. We mentioned this to our neighbor who volunteered his tractor and time to do the job and said he’d come over one day this week.
I didn’t feel good on Tuesday and, when I arrived home from work, hoped to take it easy for the rest of the evening. Of course, that’s when my neighbor came over to take care of our leveling task. I heard him drive his tractor down the driveway and without thinking let out a big “sigh!” I was so tired and the thought of putting on work clothes, moving rocks and dirt, didn’t appeal to me at all but his kindness and willingness to help overcame my hesitation and negativity. We accomplished most of it in a short time and as the sun set he promised to come back and finish the chore.
When he left I didn’t physically feel any better, was now filthy, more exhausted but thankful for the service of another in my time of need.
Kindness may not always come at the best time but not receiving it gracefully and humbly with thanksgiving would be selfish and perhaps even sinful.