I ran into a stranger as he passed by, "Excuse me please" was my reply. He said, "Please excuse me too, I wasn't watching for you". We were very polite, this stranger & I. We went on our way & we said good-bye. But at home a different story is told. How we treat our loved ones, young & old....
My son, Eddy, stood beside me very still, while I was cooking the evening meal. When I turned, I nearly knocked him down. "Move out of the way," I said with a frown. Eddy walked away, his little heart broken. I didn't realize how harshly I'd spoken.
While I lay awake in bed, God's voice came to me & said, "While dealing with a stranger, common courtesy you use, but the family you love, you seem to abuse. Go & look on the kitchen floor, you'll find some flowers there by the door. Those are the flowers Eddy brought for you. He picked them himself: pink, yellow & blue. He stood very quietly not to spoil the surprise, you never saw the tears that filled his little eyes".
By this time, I felt very small & now my tears began to fall. I quietly went & knelt by Eddy's bed, "Wake up, little one, wake up," I said. "Are these the flowers you picked for me?". He smiled, "I found 'em, out by the tree. I picked 'em because they're pretty like you. I knew you'd like 'em, especially the blue."
I said, "Son, I'm very sorry for the way I acted today; I shouldn't have yelled at you that way". He said, "Oh, Mom, that's okay. I love you anyway". I said, "Son, I love you too, & I do like the flowers, especially the blue."
Are you aware that if we die tomorrow, the company that we're working for could easily replace us in a matter of days. But the family we left behind will feel the loss for the rest of their lives.
Very often, we pour ourselves more into work than into our own family, an unwise investment indeed, don't you think?
Let's never forget that Courtesy Begins At Home! Let's give our family members the nice treatment they deserve