Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Be Still My Heart

A few weeks ago a kid came to our door selling chocolate. He couldn't be any older than 10 and he was FULL of personality. I don't generally buy things from door to door salesmen, and honestly we haven't had many kids coming to our door selling stuff, so I didn't quite know what I was going to do. We don't keep candy/chocolate in the house on a regular basis, so I knew I didn't NEED any. But he looked so hopeful at the fact that I was considering it that I just couldn't say no.

As I was browsing through the pamphlet trying to decide which kind to buy, I mumbled to myself, "Hmmm. I have no earthly idea which one I want". The kid opened his eyes real wide and suggested the Mint Meltaways. He said that he and some friends tried some a few days ago and they were really good. I enjoy mint/chocolate combos, and I thought it was so cute that he gave me a recommendation, so I went for it.

Let me pause this story to tell you that this kid made THE perfect recommendation. I have literally made myself sick eating these things. They are amazingly delicious.

And they are just small enough that it leaves you wanting one more. And then another.

And don't you think that I didn't eat three more after taking this picture.

Ever since having Zachariah, my body has NOT tolerated sugar very well. Needless to say, my body hates me right now.

Ok, now back to the story...

I handed the kid $5.00 for the chocolates and started filled out my info on the paper. As I was finishing up he said, "Oh man! Thank you so much! I prayed right before I walked up to your door that you would say yes. And God answered my prayer!!! No one else has bought any from me today and I was just praying that you would!". I smiled and told him it was no problem at all. Then he told me that he was selling these chocolates for his friends sister (who was 6 years old, I think). She was sick and couldn't go out and sell them for her school fundraiser, so he decided to help out. Then he happily skipped down the walk and went to another house to sell more chocolates.

Am I the only one that is taken aback by this? This elementary school kid acted as if I had just made his day because he was able to sell me some chocolates. He was selling chocolates for his FRIENDS little SISTER. He got nothing out of this. He was spending his afternoon walking around the neighborhood selling stuff for someone else. And he was excited to be doing it!

What?!?! We should be excited to help others???

What a novel idea.

The world would be a kinder and better place if we could all learn a little lesson from this mystery kid. I mean, I don't think I can remember the last time I was truly excited about putting someone elses needs before my own. I will do it, but more often than not I will complain about doing it. How sad is that?

Anyway. Just thought I would share with you the wake up call that was given to me by a spunky, selfless kid.


Raine said...

That is so sweet...made my day.

Oh, by the way, those chocolates are amazing! I've had the milk chocolate ones before. Yummm.

Hayley. said...

Wow. What a great story. :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this story, you ole' softy.


Courtney said...

awww that got me a little choked up. What a sweet little kid.

Stephanie said...

I wish I knew where that kid was now...I really want to buy some chocolates from him. What a sweet story! :)

The Journey said...

I love this story because it restores hope in the next generation! I love how God reminds us of the basics of love through kids! They get it so simply while we grown ups drown in making it complex!

Good thought for the day! Great post!