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Kind Exchanges vs. Just Exchanges

My daughter was planning to move to Boston and was busy selling her furniture to make money for the trip. She ended up driving her table to a couple who lived several miles away because they had a gas leak and could not get there.

When she arrived with the table, they paid above the asking price and then sent a lengthy text assuring her that she would thrive in Boston and even gave her details on what specific things she would need for the trip.

People like that inspire me to be better. This couple made me question how I treat strangers, especially those I buy something from.

It is natural for me to barter for the best deal, even if I can afford to pay more. I can get consumed with "getting the deal" or not getting ripped off that I forget the more important mission of kindness and love. Kindness matters. It reminds us that we are not alone and restores hope in humanity.

Hebrews 13:2 tells us, "Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." The Bible has much to say about the power of kindness, but today I saw it lived out, and it changed how I view ordinary shopping experiences.



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