Love is Contagious.
The other day, the unthinkable happened.
I was backing out of my driveway on my way to the church. As I approached the street, I looked over my shoulder to check for traffic. I saw a maroon station wagon coming my way, so I stepped on the brakes and came to a stop.
That’s when it happened.
She stopped too.
There was an awkward moment where neither of us quite knew what to do next, but before I could react, she smiled at me and gave a gentle wave, motioning for me to continue backing into the street.
It was one of those unexpected acts of kindness that was completely unnecessary and increasingly rare. But that wasn’t all!
As I began backing up, I checked over my other shoulder, only to see a minivan coming around the corner. The driver, inspired by the action of my neighbor, also stopped and waved me on. It was like I had some kind of special designation on my vehicle that day prompting some special status. The only thing lacking was a police escort.
It made my morning. I couldn’t help but smile as I drove the rest of the way into the office that day.
Jesus says that they will know we are Christians by our love. Sometimes, I think we get overwhelmed by all that implies. We think we need to cure every disease and take in every stranger. We will someday. But until then, a great place to start is just being a good neighbor. Let someone back out of her driveway when you clearly have the right of way. Be patient with the person who takes a second too long to move when the light turns green. Wave at people when they walk by.
Love is contagious.
Try it a few times and see what happens to the person receiving your act of love. One act of kindness leads to another. One display of hospitality leads to another. One act of patience inspires patience in others.
I saw it happen on Sparrow Dr. just a few days ago.
By the way, the driver of the maroon station wagon happens to be a friend of mine. She is also part of our church. One of the things I love about her is that she treats everybody the way she treated me. I wasn’t special. It just felt that way.
I pray you make someone feel special today.