Editor’s Note From Sedrick Gilbert: Take the Time to Be Kind

“Always be nice to everyone you come into contact with, because even just telling someone “Hello” could make their day.”

That was something my grandmother told me when I was a young boy, and I have never forgotten it. In doing so, following her advise and wisdom, I have found just she was so right. Recently, I thanks to my own continuing spiritual growth, I have been going a step further, taking a few moments to greet people, ask how they are doing, and to give a short testimonial of how faith and trust in Jesus Christ aided in my recovering my paralysis to regain the use of my legs after being told by doctors that I might never walk again. I end with telling them that just as Jesus Christ loves them, I do too. The responses that I’ve received have been overwhelmingly positive, people not offended by my expressions of faith and love for the Lord and them. These expressions are not limited to any certain sort of people. For me, I try to be universal in opening my heart and showing love, no matter who you are or what you look like. I am now seeing just how much it touches positively effects others, with time and time again finding them telling me it was something they really needed to hear, that it, like my grandmother told me all those years ago, had made their day.

It happened again today, when Saxton, a young Grubhub delivery driver, showed up on at my front door. After telling him how much I appreciated him delivering my food, I noticed that, although he was friendly and courteous, the young man seemed down in spirit. So I did my testimonial, and in an instant, his entire demeanor changed, a smile appearing on his face as he let out of huge sigh. He thanked me, saying he had been having a really hard day, and that my words were what he “needed to hear”.

Too often, we fail to realize the impact we can make in the lives of others with a few simple kind words. While you may not be comfortable in taking the same approach as mine, I urge to to find a way to reach out and uplift those around you. The only thing that makes someone a stranger is that we haven’t, for some reason or another, said “Hello”. What stops us from opening our mouths when we see one another? Dr. Maya Angelou once said, “If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours.” A smile can come in many different forms. We just need to be willing to take the first step in offering it. Once again, you never know what a huge difference it might make.

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