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The Unlovable Mailman

  • Job 6:14
    “Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty

    Psalm 109:16
    For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy and the brokenhearted.

    I give kindness where ever I go, I give respect, I am thoughtful to others, and always look for ways to help others. Although I expect these things in return, that does not always happen. In reality, it rarely happens. But I do them any way. It is in my nature. I have refined this part of my life and I listen to those around me.

    We live in a broken world. People have been abused, heart broken, abandoned shows on the faces of those around us... They trudge through your day, and through your life, leaving behind the footprints of the brokenhearted.

    How do you help them?

    You show kindness!

    I find it a personal challenge when I come across these kinds of people. I want to tell you the story of “The Mailman”. Then I want to share with you a few others that had a break through all because of kindness. You may even know one of these people in your little corner of the world. And when you see one of these people, I hope you too, will show kindness, and keep showing kindness to him or her. You may be the only seed of kindness someone sees in this life, and that person my only be in your life briefly.

    My last job as a receptionist was for a Property Management company. Our office was inside an office building, several steps from the front door on the first floor. There was a set of carpeted stairs, two flights up, that had other offices up there. You had to pass the stairs to get to our office. Our office door was one of those that was split in half. We could open the top part, and leave the bottom part locked. People would come and pay there rent here. On any given day, I would be the one that went to the door and received it from them. Writing receipts, and chatting with them for a few minutes. There were all kinds of people. Some wealthy, some just making by, some friendly, some not so friendly. Some were down right rude, but I was still kind, and in those instances, I would go and get my manager to handle the ones that were way beyond being kind to me .

    The person, who stands out the most even today, was the mail man. He would come in, I would rarely see him, and when I did, he never had a smile on his face. When I did see him, he always looked troubled, and unhappy. I tried catching him many times to thank him for the mail, but it was almost impossible…He was very quite and after leaving our mail, he would go up stairs and deliver there mail. Now it became a challenge, how do you thank a person if you rarely see him? How do you be kind to someone if you can’t catch him so to speak? So I started speaking loudly out of my door and let my voice raise up the stairs and said ‘THANK YOU “ ! I began to do this daily, and then one day, the mail man said “YOU’RE WELCOME “. I had made contact through my persistence. I then began to keep an eye out for the mail on the little counter of the door, as soon as I saw it I would yell up the stairs Thank you, and he would reply You’re welcome. A few times after that, he would bring mail that I had to sign for, like certified mail and the like. SO I would put my best smile on, and just a few minutes of chat, like how is the weather out there. He wore a grim face for the longest time, but slowly, he became more friendly, he would smile when he came to our door, and you could almost see him waiting for my Thank You at the top of the stairs so he could yell down, You’re Welcome… This was over a period of one year, that is how long it took for that mailman to begin smiling. Someone was kind to him. I was kind to him. Even when he appeared unkind.

    I have had many of those kinds of people drift into my life. I work with several of them now. When I started showing kindnesses to these few, I met with resistance. I met with a dirty look, or no response. All I was saying for the most part was “GOOD MORNING”. You could feel the coldness, not a warm and fuzzy at all. They look at you with the What’s so GOOD about it kind of look. But I continued to be kind. It has, again taken a year of daily kindnesses to bring these people to the point they can even smile my way. They can even chat with me a few brief minutes, a few even share there burdens with me now, personal things that bother them. These that I speak of here are not Christians; there way of life does not reflect that life. But I continue to be a reflection of GOD. I pray they can always see that reflection when they see or speak to me, for I am a representative and am an ambassador for the one who saved me out of the pit, and showed HIS KINDNESS to me. I may be the only kindness they ever receive. I make complements of outfits, and chat about the weather, or help them find a file, or even help them with there work should they go home sick or on vacation. A little kindness goes along way.

    Now I want to talk to you about someone you may see only weekly. And ask you the question, are you being kind to them? Are you going out of your way to greet them, to shake his hand, to chat a few minutes with? Are you inviting them to meetings or studies, or breakfasts, are you engaging then in on a one to one conversation? Are you taking the time to ask what are some of there hobbies, or favorite book they like to read? Are you being kind to them, even if they show no sign of outward kindness? You know the one I am talking about. They sit in the pew, pretty stiffly, putting out the “Leave me alone” waves. (When in reality, they want someone to show them some genuine kindness). They do not make eye contact, and would rather sit than stand. They not sing, nor do they lift his hands in worship, they just are there.

    How many times do you think it is going to take you to reach them on some kind of personal level?

    It took me a year of daily contact 5 days a week to reach the ones I did. If you only see them once a week, for just a couple of hours, then how much more should your outreach of kindnesses be given? Do not assume you know this kind of person. Do not assume you know what they are all about. For all you know, they could be very intelligent, with a lot to say, and have more knowledge than you. You have no idea what there journey has been like, and how they came to be in this place. Be careful what you assume about there circumstances. You are often wrong. Assumptions do not allow for the plans and purposes of God to be sought.

    Ideas are formed, rather, on what is seen, heard and perceived through the human senses. Guard against presuming you completely understand the motives of the people God has placed in your path.

    So in closing, look around your world today, see who is in need of your kindness today. We only get one chance, each day, Lord willing, to bring some love and kindness to the unlovable.

    May Your Day Be Blessed With ‘HIS CONTINUAL KINDNESS” toward you .

    1 Corinthians 13:4-7

    I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but if I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love.

    Love never gives up.
    Love cares more for others than for self.
    Love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
    Love doesn't strut,
    Doesn't have a swelled head,
    Doesn't force itself on others,
    Isn't always "me first,"
    Doesn't fly off the handle,
    Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
    Doesn't revel when others grovel,
    Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
    Puts up with anything,
    Trusts God always,
    Always looks for the best,
    Never looks back,
    But keeps going to the end.

    July 29,2011
    By God & Leslie

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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider Thank you, Leslie! This is wonderful and something we should all think about and practise! 
February 16, 2016
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Thank you kindly. 
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles What an inspiration! Thank you! Blessings to you dear friend
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Thank you kindly. 
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Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson Thank you Leslie this was so inspirational!!
February 17, 2016
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Leslie McLea
Leslie McLea Than you Kindly Cheryl, I appricate your response. 
February 17, 2016