Missed Opportunity of Extending Kindness

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Yesterday morning, I was in a coffee shop. While I was there, a mom with 2 kids came in as well. Her younger child kept crying and at first, it was just fine but eventually, it irritated me. I was thinking how when my 2 kids were younger, we didn’t stay in coffee shops because I knew they would cause noise and we often stayed outdoors. Anyway, they eventually left the coffee shop later on and I had my peace and quiet.

This morning, I suddenly remembered the young mom on the coffee shop and I asked for forgiveness from the Lord. I knew how hard it is to take care of a baby and another child and instead of being understanding and helpful to the mom, I was being self-righteous. I felt ashamed of what I did (or didn’t do) and asked the Lord for forgiveness and prayed for the young mom.

I have often read blog posts about being kind to other moms, especially those with young children because I personally know how hard it is during those times. If I could have been more caring and sensitive, I would have asked her if there is anything I could do or maybe even bought her food to eat or coffee to drink. But I was selfish and I missed my chance.

I openly shared this experience to my children. Hopefully, we all learned from that missed opportunity. When the Lord brings another opportunity for me, I hope I will be ready to extend kindness, especially to young moms.

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