"Be ye kind to one another" Ephesians 4:32 (KJV).
Chris Jr. and his family had not yet met their new neighbor Mrs. Smith. Chris really
didn't want to either. He thought she was kind of weird.
She always sat outside with her cat and gave mean stares to people when they walked past her house.
Chris had never seen her smile and without a smile she looked very mean and grouchy. She never had any visitors either. "Probably because she's so mean" Chris thought.
It was Saturday and Chris was going to visit his best friend and neighbor Todd. He would have to walk past Mrs. Smith's house to get there.
Sure enough she and her cat were sitting outside. Chris had planned to walk by her house really fast and not even look at her, but he remembered something his Sunday school teacher had said last week.
"If you want to be kind she said; then the next time you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours." Chris looked up at Mrs. Smith, waved his hand to say hello and smiled . . . and guess what? She smiled back at him!
During dinner time Chris said; "Guess what, I saw Mrs. Smith smile for the first time today."
"Poppa and I meant to go over and say hello to her when she first moved in; Mother said, but we never got around to it. I baked some cookies today, after dinner let's take some to Mrs. Smith and finally get to meet her."
Later that evening when Mrs. Smith's doorbell rang she was surprised to see the Cross family standing there, and guess what . . . she smiled again!
She invited the family inside and they all had a very good visit. She really appreciated the cookies mother had made. Chris Jr. learned that Mrs. Smith wasn't really mean after all.
She and her cat lived alone because she didn't have any family in Loveland, Colorado where she had just moved.
She never had any visitors because she hadn't met anyone since she moved there. She always sat outside because her glasses were broken and that made it difficult for her to drive and go places.
Mrs. Smith told the family her eyesight was so bad the only way she could see anyone or anything was to squint and look very closely. She showed the family how she looked when she squinted, and Chris Jr. realized he had mistakenly judged her squint as being mean and grouchy.
Mother told Mrs. Smith she would be happy to drive her to the eye Doctor or anyplace else that she needed to go. Poppa offered to take her to church with them on Sunday and Mrs. Smith was so happy!
"Thank you she said, that is so very kind of you." Then she turned to Chris Jr. and said; "Thank you Chris for giving me one of your smiles today." Then she gave him another one of hers.
"Dear Lord please forgive us for the many times we, like Chris Jr., mistakenly judge people. Help us to be more understanding, and kind---to be more like you. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen."
You will need crayons and or markers, smiley face stickers, paper or card stock. Make a nice colorful card to give to someone you want to be kind to. Finish it with a smiley sticker.
Copyright 2018 Cheremiah
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