The most important thing you can do for anyone, lead them to Jesus Christ.
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To answer your question - yes I do agree with JThomp42 , absolutely! Leading people to Christ is the best thing we can ever do to a stranger! But to lead people to Christ, we must put on Christ first, as the Bible says.
Thereafter. the willingness to listen, observe keenly and give cheerfully go a long way in gaining the trust of a stranger.
I would like to share a small example from my own life experiences: I was in a medical shop once, waiting for the medicines to be packed and given to me, when I noticed an old man with a torn, worn-out umbrella, standing behind.. I moved aside quickly, for one look at his wrinkled face told me he was quite sick and tired in his body too. He bought the medicines, which I observed were for severe asthmatic attacks. I watched him take the medicines with great difficulty and trying his best to walk to the bus station without staggering much. I told the medical shopkeeper that I would be back soon and went after this old person..stopped him midway and asked if he were alone.. he nodded affirmative. I then asked him where he needs to go., to which he named a place about 15 km away. I knew he could not get to his home safely if he took the local buses., so I told him to wait and called a cab, gave the address to the driver, paid the money and helped this old grandpa get onto the cab. With bewildered yet grateful eyes, he silently stared at me.. I smiled and said "am a Christ follower" and waved a bye. I have never met him since nor did I speak the Gospel to him in his time of need. But am sure he understood the love of Christ just then. Praise God!
The point I was trying to make is - all we need to do is look around.. and we will find dozens of opportunities to be nice to a stranger... and through our actions, may those who cross our paths, know the eternal love of our Savior Jesus Christ!
My family hosted several neighborhood soup nights this year. We went around and invited people from 30 houses near ours to join us for dinner. About half the people who have come to eat soup and chat were strangers. So maybe the nicest thing we did for them was actually to befriend them. Now we have a great group of friends in our neighborhood
A while back, I was on public transit and I saw an older woman coming unglued during conversation with the bus driver about a bag she lost on a bus. She was staying in a shelter that had a curfew and had lost a bag with her ID, money, medications in it, and was about to be late for curfew. I saw that people were veering away, looking away, pretending to ignore the commotion she was causing and I responded by getting angry, myself, so I got up from my seat, took a deep breath to compose myself - then started mediating the conversation as best I could.
The lady was receiving very little empathetic response from the driver because she was crying and was really overwhelmed (not able to speak very clearly through her tears and anxiety) prior to my interference - both were just not able to understand one another due to the emotional impact this situation had on the lady.
I got her to calm down, asked the driver for a clear set of instructions for this woman to follow in order to recover her lost/mis-placed bag - which had been found and stowed safely by another bus driver. I wrote down what I thought I wouldn't remember for more than 5 minutes as I realized I couldn't just leave this lady, for even a moment, in her vulnerable state.
The bus had to depart, so I got off the bus with the overwhelmed lady and promised to stay with her until the other bus with her bag had run its circuit and returned to a certain stop.
The issue of shelter curfew came up so I phoned the place directly, explained who I was and what was happening and promised to stay with the lady until everything matched up. The shelter treated the situation as a special circumstance and said they would allow the resident to enter after curfew because of the unusual circumstance.
The lady and I waited, got her bag back, then I went with her on another bus trip to the shelter with her to make sure the shelter would allow her to enter. Shelter staff did open the door right away for her and then I went home and was able to sleep well that night because I hadn't ignored a situation where someone very apparently and visibly needed help.
How kind mythbuster, sometimes it is so very easy to ignore a situation like this. I am so glad you did not - I have to say I would have done the same in your place - thank you, so nice to know that people still care enough to step in when required.
I love this story. Thank you for sharing it!
It is difficult for me to remember my goodthings
But i always remember my bad act's because i don't want to try them again....
Hmmm.. well, after some of the previous posts, I feel like maybe my little good deeds don't quite add up. lol...
The last random thing I did for someone was pay for their coffee.. I do it once in a while.. Going through the Tim Hortons drive thru (Canadian here, Tim Hortons is a very popular coffee shop here, kind of like Starbucks.. .but better. lol) every once in a while when I pull up to the window I'll pay for my coffee and pay for the person behind me.. Last time I did it, I was waiting with my signal on to turn in and a man waved me in and let me go ahead of him so I didn't have to hold up traffic- so I repaid his kindness by paying for his coffee.
Sometimes doing even small deeds like that for a stranger actually lifts your spirits a bit too..
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