Jun 6, 2017

How One Small Act of Kindness Can Change a Kid's Life Forever

Daisy is a little girl who was born with a form of dwarfism called Achondroplasia.  She has endured painful surgeries on her neck, back and legs her entire life.  Her nurse at Children's Health in Houston, Texas submitted her name for the Make-A-Wish program.  Make-A-Wish responded and sponsored her for a trip to the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. 

Daisy loves the Disney princesses and her favorite one is Belle.  When she got to the Magic Kingdom, Daisy was all dressed up in a princess outfit, ready to meet Belle.   Finally the moment came.  She was introduced to Belle. 

When Belle learned why Daisy was there, she decided to set aside some time to spend with her.  Belle asked if she could take her on a tour of "France."  Daisy was overwhelmed with joy and began to cry tears of joy. 

Her aunt said, "Daisy was jumping up and down from excitement and was bawling her eyes out when Belle told her she would take her on the tour.  She was sobbing from happiness, and everyone around her was crying too.”

Belle spent the afternoon walking and talking with Daisy.  And you can be sure, the little girl will never forget it.  It brought hope and happiness and changed her life forever.

You see, all it takes is one small act of kindness, to change a kid's life forever.  Each week, as you serve in children's ministry, you have the amazing opportunity to change a child's life forever.  Each week, kids walk in the doors who are struggling.  It may not be with a painful disease like Daisy faces, but kids walk in the door struggling with low self-esteem, doubts, insecurities, stressful home lives, divorce, bullying and more.

How can you be used of God to change their life?  Do what Belle did.

Slow down and focus on the one child God sends your way.  More than likely, you interact with a roomful of kids on weekends or mid-week or at that program / event.  But be looking for that one child who you can impact that day.  Sometimes it will be the child who is acting out because he or she is desperate for love and attention.  At other times, it will be the child who is sitting quietly, hesitant to join in with the class. 

Make good eye contact.  Sit down beside them.  Kneel down if necessary.  Whatever it takes to look them in the eye.  Let them see the care, compassion and love shining through your eyes.  The eyes are the window to the soul.  Let the child see your soul cares for their soul.

Make it about them.  Find out what they like, what their interests are and how you can meet their needs.  You discover this by asking questions. 

Speak positive, life-giving words.  Most kids hear an influx of negative words.  They are called names at school, they are told everything they are doing wrong and even listen to a negative voice inside their heads.  Just a few encouraging, positive words from you can make all the difference.  Never underestimate the power of the words you speak into a child's life and the impact it makes.

Show them you care by giving your most valuable gift...your time.  Notice how Belle took the afternoon to spend time with Daisy.  You may not be able to spend several hours at a time investing in a child's life, but what if you came 30 minutes earlier and hung out with the kids before service starts?  What if, instead of rushing out as soon as service is over, you hung around and spent some time investing in that child who doesn't get picked up by their parents until 20 minutes after service is over? 

Do these things and years from now, an adult will look back and remember the time when they were a child and you did something kind for them.  They will remember that you were there and the impact you made in their life.  And they will say God used you to change their life forever!

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