As I sit in a busy café this morning, I sit surrounded by unknown people as I work on assignments, replying to school emails, and planning my months accordingly. As I was working, I noticed something as I look at all of the people.
It is very crowded in here to the point where I am shoulder to shoulder sitting at a table with people I do not know from Adam, and they do not know me. Maybe it’s due to exams being in less than 14 days, or maybe it is due to tomorrow being the last day until break, but it was crowded today at my university’s café. I took a moment to look around and take in my surroundings. Some were laughing, others were indulged into an intriguing conversation, people were working, and some were stressing over finals. However, there was one thing that came to my mind.
They all have a story.
Each and everyone of them have a story, and as I sit here right now, I reflect on my own story. I was listening to a sermon the other day, and the sermon was about sharing your story boldly so that others can find the truth. I have always been somewhat hesitant to share my story, but God has placed it on my heart to share it. No one in this room knows who I am, and I don’t know them, but I often wonder what their story is, what their testimony is if they have one, and what they have been through.
Though they had smiles on their faces, I often wonder how many of those are forced, fake, and are hiding deep, painful secrets on the inside. I don’t know their hearts, but God does; however, we all can take part in making sure those who are battling something feel loved, and that is by being humble and kind.
“Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” Philippians 2:3
We should lift everyone up and not think of ourselves higher than others. I know this may seem absurd, but before I began typing away, I said a silent prayer for the people in this room, because you don’t know who is battling something, and I pray for healing, blessings, and joy to each person here.
This is how Christ wants us to be towards one another, even if it is someone we do not know. In society, we normally judge people when we first see them, which may be based on their hair, clothes, appearance, looks, and the way they act. This is not the right response, but we are all guilty of this! I am pretty sure we can all think of a time where we thought things about a person when we first saw them walk into a room that weren’t the nicest things to think. Sometimes, this is an involuntary habit, but we need to break it. You have no idea what that person may be experiencing, going through, dealing with, and they may be broken.
People who are broken, try to hide it, and I can attest to that. When I was broken, not just once, but twice, I hid my pain. I wanted to be isolated, I wanted to be alone, I wanted to live in the pain and not have anyone body know and ask numerous questions. I faked my smile, I faked my laughs, and I faked my joy.
No one knew about the pain that I was going through, so the next time you see a random stranger, show them kindness and humility for you don’t know what they are hiding behind their smile. It could be an addiction, an eating disorder, a death in the family, a personal trauma, or anything.
“Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1
We should strive to be Christ-like and to show the love of Christ to everyone. There is this thing I do that I sometimes get weird looks too. If I see that someone may be having a bad day, I go up to them and tell them “God loves you and thinks you are worth it.” Sometimes, I get smiles and then other times I get confused looks, but I don’t care what response I get.
I want people to know that they have a God who loves them so much and that He sent His only Son to die for them! I encourage you to do the same, even if it sounds crazy! Though you may think “It’ll be weird to go up to a random stranger in a cafe and tell them that,” do it! You might be the only person who makes them feel like someone cares that day, so talk to them.
“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32
Show the love of Christ, show them that God loves them, and always be humble and kind no matter what. Be tenderhearted, forgiving, and loving because you don’t know how much that can make their day. There are people who go through the motions, who wish to seek for help, but they are to afraid to ask for it. Don’t be afraid to smile, to say “Hello,” or to engage in a nice conversation, for you might make that person’s day and put a smile on their face.
Be kind, be humble, and never think of yourself above others, for there are broken people walking among us who need to know that Christ loves them and that their worth can be found in Him, so always be humble and kind.