I had seen this video popping up on my Facebook newsfeed many times over the last week or so but I had never watched it. My coworker brought it up a couple of days ago so finally I watched it. Here it is. Take a look before continuing:
In case you don’t have time to watch it (but please do so later!!), I’ll give you a little run down of the synopsis.
The video depicts the hectic day of a mother of three. It appears she has plans to see a cousin who is in town for a short time seemingly on a layover or something before she leaves again. She’s very excited about it and looking forward to it all day. The day starts off with a nice family prayer where she asks that they be able to do all they’re supposed to get done that day. But as the day goes on, things don’t go the way she had planned. Right before they’re leaving for school, her son realizes he never put together his poster board for the science fair, a neighbor stops by right as she’s leaving the house and asks her to watch her little girl so she can go to a doctor’s appointment, her sister asks her to meet her for lunch so she can vent about the frustrations at work, she’s asked to take a family dinner who just had a new baby (which she forgets to do and has to hurry to do before she can leave to see her cousin). By the time the evening rolls around and she finally leaves, she receives a text that her cousin is boarding her flight and she has missed the opportunity to see her. Disappointed and frustrated she tell her kids (who have started fighting) to go to bed. Her little boy then says “what about family prayer??”, so she said fine and tells him to say it. Her kids kneel down to pray and as her son prays, she gets a glimpse into the role she played into making his day better (he won the science fair!) and he continues to pray we see little glimpses into the lives of all the people she helped that day and all the good she did that with her small acts of kindness and selflessness she will probably never realize. She is humbled and seems to end the prayer in gratitude.
I’m a sap and it took everything in me not to start crying while I was at work. The message was so sweet – You never know what others are going through in their lives. You never know the difference you can make in someone’s day. You never know when an opportunity to serve will make someone else’s day just a little bit easier, even if just for a moment.
Even if you don’t believe in God, I am going to bet you are a good person and believe in genuinely doing good to others. I know I myself have been a very grateful recipient of the kindness of others that was exactly what I needed that day. I hope I have in turn been the answer to someone else’s needs.
So today is a ponder day. You don’t necessarily have to comment below. But think about this –> When have you been a recipient of someone else’s acts of kindness? How can you make yourself available to be the answer to someone else’s needs?