Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | October 29, 2009

The Kindness of Others

   One of the things I enjoy most about what I do is leading the people of Kingsland to demonstrate God’s love to others through practical and unconditional acts of kindness. Every week, our people engage in initiatives that bless others in need throughout our community. But today, I was the recipient of the kindness of others. Let me explain. My closest friends often call me the Job of cars because I seem to have more problems with cars than the average guy. That’s because I am so cheap that I drive my cars until the wheels fall off. Years ago I drove a car that broke down so often that I purchased complimentary tow ropes for all of my fellow staff members. That way, I did not feel so bad when I had to call on them to tow me to the mechanic. And, the best thing about the little van that I currently drive is that it doubles in value every time I fill it up with gas.

   Today, I experienced the kindness of a friend. As a Dad trying to maintain five vehicles, it seems that one of them is always in need of repair. I had to have the transmission in one of my vehicles repaired and went to pick it up today. What a blessing to learn that the cost had been covered by a friend. That’s no small thing! I am blown away by such a huge and gracious expression of love and kindness. While picking up this vehicle, my youngest daughter called from school to tell me that her battery was dead. Armed with jumper cables I drove off to the rescue as thunder clouds formed over our Katy skies.

   Today, I also experienced the kindness of a stranger. While my daughter was in class I jump-started her car and drove it to the nearest Auto Zone. The folks at Auto Zone tested the battery and determined that it was indeed bad and in need of replacement. An older gentleman at the store said that he would change the battery for me. While he was under the hood, it started to rain in biblical proportions. He had to run into the store for a while until the rain let up a bit. He told me, “I am doing this because I heard you tell the clerk that this was your daughter’s car. I have a daughter, too. And, I am doing this because I am a Christian.” I told him that I was the Missions Pastor at Kingsland. He smiled and told me that he was a pastor from Puerto Rico.

   Today, I experienced the kindness of a friend and a stranger — both Christ-followers and both determined to demonstrate God’s love to others in practical ways. Today, I was on the receiving end of the kindness of others. Richard, my new Puerto Rican friend, smiled as he stood in his rain-soaked clothes and told me to read Matthew 7:20 — “So then, you will know them by their fruits.” I am grateful to a friend and a stranger today for blessing me with the fruit of kindness. Their unconditional and unselfish acts of kindness have refreshed me and reaffirmed how blessed I am. They have inspired me to continue looking for opportunities to love and bless others — in Katy and beyond.


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