Apples and Kindness

I received this in an email from a friend. It was such a good read i wanted to pass it on. Let it encourage and inspire you to live God's purpose for your life!

A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They assured their wives that they'd be home in time for Friday night's dinner.

In their rush to catch the plane, one of the salesmen accidentally kicked over a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly-missed boarding.

That is, all but one salesman reached the plane. Bob couldn't get out of his his head the overturned apples and the look on the poor girls face who owned it. As they all boarded, Bob paused, took a deep breath, and felt a twinge of compassion for the girl. He told his buddies to go on without him. As he waved good-bye he asked one of them to call his wife and explain that he'd be taking a later flight.

Bob then returned to the terminal where the apples were strewn all over the terminal floor. The 16-year-old girl was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, as she helplessly groped for her spilled produce. Bob realized she was totally blind! The crowd swirled around her, no one stopping to care for her plight.

The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathering up the apples. He put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed many of them were battered and bruised. He set these aside in another basket. When he'd finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, "Here, please take this $50 for the damage we did. Are you okay?" She nodded through her tears.

He continued on with, "I hope we didn't spoil your day too badly." As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, "Mister...." He stopped mid-stride, turned and looked into her blind eyes. She continued, "Are you Jesus?"

And he wondered. He slowly walked back to her then said, "No, I am nothing like Jesus - He is good, kind, caring, loving, and would never have bumped into your display in the first place."

The girl gently nodded: "I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me gather the apples and he sent you to help me. Thank you for hearing Jesus, Mister." Speechless, the salesman turned away from the blind girl and slowly made his way down the terminal corridor to catch the later flight. That question burned and bounced about in his soul: "Are you Jesus?"

Do people mistake you for Jesus?

That's our destiny, isn't it? To be so much like Jesus that people can't tell the difference as we live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace.

If we claim to know Him, we should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting scripture and going to church. It's actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day.

You are the apple of His eye even though you, too, have been bruised by a fall. He stopped what He was doing and picked us up, you and me, on a hill called Calvary where he paid in full for our damaged fruit.

Sometimes we just take things for granted, when we really need to be sharing what we know.

The nicest place to be is in someone's thoughts; the safest place to be is in someone's prayers. And the very best place to be ... is in the hands of God.

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