35 He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”
One kind word can warm three winter months.
~ Japanese Proverb
I watch it all the time. Mostly in school. The kids line up to leave and if one moves a book from the line, or their body one inch from “their” spot, a small scuffle ensues. Cries of “You cut me!” “I was their first!” rise from the small group. It doesn’t matter if there are 7 or 25. First and even being last are assigned, honored positions.
We adults experience this too. My pet peeve with regard to this is being at a restaurant, know we were next on the reservation list and having the owner see a friend or a “good customer” and let them in ahead of us. Or, someone sees a friend and works their way into a line.
It’s easy to tell the kids, “It doesn’t matter, we’re all going to the same place.” But when it is ourselves, or there is money or hunger involved (or even a line at the ladies rest room!), we are not so gracious. I have no answer here, except to perhaps give someone my place if the need seems to be urgent, or be insistent if time is of the essence. I can picture the apostles sitting down at the table and trying to get next to Jesus “first.” If there is someone I really want to sit next to, I try to find a place across from them at the table, or resign myself to being in the same room with them, if circumstances don’t cooperate.
Today, just try to be kind if someone “cuts.” you. Kind in your reporting if you need to hold the line on your position, kind in your allowance if you can allow the person to get in front of you. Kindness makes the difference.
Try a Little Kindness
Because of Him,