I posted this as a comment to Molly's blog earlier today and I thought that it may have an impact on a few more folks if I actually posted it as a blog...
This is an abridged version of what I heard on Wayne's sermon this morning:
I heard on the radio this morning a similar story told by pastor Wayne Cordiero of New Hope Christian Fellowship in Hawaii. It was about a kid named Kyle who was taking all of his books home from school on the weekend. Another kid who thought he looked pretty awkward with all of his books was standing nearby watching him struggle with his books. He wanted to help but he had to get home to get ready for a church retreat at the beach for the weekend. Just then, some other kids came by and knocked the books out of Kyle's hands and laughed at him and ran away.
The kid that was watching felt the urge to go over and help him, but knew that he had to get home to get ready for a church retreat. He decided to go over anyway and helped Kyle with his books. Years later, Kyle was giving a speech at Graduation as the Valedictorian, and he thanked that kid who had become his friend that day. He told everyone that he had all of his books with him because he was actually planning to go home and kill himself. He didn't want his mom to have to go back to the school to pick them up afterward.
We never know the impact that we have on the people that we meet. We should never let our prejudices or preconceived notions about someone or some group of people stop us from acting like a Christian. I broke down while listening to this story this morning, and I hope that you will get a chance to hear him tell the story if my version didn't make the point. It is true that we can change the lives of the people around us just by following the example that Christ gave us for accepting everyone as they are and being their friend.
God Bless you all...Jason