God showed me recently how valuable any small act of kindness is to people.
In the early 2000’s, my husband & I sponsored a young girl & her brother in the Philippines. We wrote back & forth. We had pictures of both kids. Then at one point, I forget what, but something came up & we couldn’t send the money one month. The organization we went through gave them to another family to sponsor although we were planning to send more to make up for the month we lost.
I wondered what happened to the kids. We kept their pictures & prayed for them periodically.
Then a few days ago, I got a friend’s request & message from a young woman. This stunning young lady is the once young girl we sponsored! She wanted to find us to thank us for helping her as a little girl.
I’m in shock, but it’s a good shock! I never expected to hear from her again.
For a while, I’ve felt like anything good I do isn’t really important. It’s just what I should do as a Christian- bless & help other people. Plus, growing up with narcissists, doing for others feels like it is just what I am supposed to do. I’m sure you know what I mean- narcissists raise their children to do for them. They make their children believe their only purpose is to do for them, to be used, so the children carry that belief into adulthood. Even other people often treat them as if they owe the other people to do for them, like the narcissistic parent did. Honestly, this is how I have always felt.
I guess God was tired of me feeling as if what I do for others doesn’t matter or make much difference, because hearing from this young lady really showed me it does matter. Even small gestures make a big difference! It didn’t cost much, what we sent to the organization, but it helped to put her through school. I forgot until she reminded me, but I had sent her pictures of our pets. She said she loved the pictures, as she is an avid animal lover. Little things, but they made a big difference to her.
Dear Reader, please learn from this story. Whatever you do for others makes a difference! Even small gestures that don’t feel important, are very important. Maybe not to you, but they are very important to someone, even if you are unaware of that fact.