“Pardon me?” I said.
“Most people don’t bother to ask how I am after I ask them how they are. Makes me feel
invisible.” she said.
I was at the car wash near my office. The attendant, a woman with a sweet disposition, asked me how I was that day, I told her I was well and asked her how she was, at which point the interchange above occurred. It really bothered me to hear that she asks people how they are and they simply don’t respond – at all. For whether you are an attendant at a car wash or the CEO of a large company, it shouldn’t mean that people have a right to ignore or verbally abuse you. Because here’s the thing. Jesus proved that God loves each of us with all that he is regardless of who we are, what we’ve done, even having been unkind to the people around us. Jesus crossed the social boundaries of his time to speak to the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4), not because she was famous or rich or beautiful but because he loved her, even in her brokenness, perhaps especially in her brokenness. A prostitute, who went for water in the middle of the day to avoid those who scorned her, the Samaritan woman crossed those social boundaries, too, to give Jesus a drink. And, in return she received the living water that wells up to eternal life. A kind word, even as simple as ‘How are you today?” can be like a cold cup of water on a hot day for each and every person you meet. Remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:24, “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.” To whom have you shown the love of God by your kindness? If the answer is no one, it’s not too late to start!