A Child's Act of Kindness

An unselfish little boy shares his treats and spreads joy.

Posted in , Feb 2, 2017

A child's act of kindness

A sweet moment between two little boys happened during church this past Sunday morning. The little guy in front of us (who had just recently started walking) had inched down the pew until he was at the end. 

I noticed that his attention was fixed on a little boy (probably five or six years old) across the aisle. Well, to be precise, his attention was fixed on the package of fruit snacks that the boy was eating.

And then as the pastor made announcements in the background, that toddler was off, walking with unsteady steps to the pew across from us. 

The little boy with the fruit snacks noticed him and  reached into the package to dig out a fruit snack. It took him several tries. But by the time the toddler made it across the aisle, a fruit snack was waiting.


Both of them were smiling as the littlest one popped the treat in his mouth and started back to his mama—and many of us in the congregation were smiling as well. But what stood out to me was that the young boy with the fruit snacks had given away his last one. The bag was empty. Such pure and precious kindness. 

The moment brought tears to my eyes as I thought about how children are often the best teachers. Our society has never needed kindness more—the kind where we love like Jesus and love each other in spite of our differences. I couldn’t help but think how different our world might be if we were willing to put others first just like that little boy with the bag of fruit snacks.

God says it best: 

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)

Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. (Romans 12:10) 

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (John 13:34)

Let’s share some kindness today. It might even cause those around us to smile!

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