Some years ago, a tiny Korean orphan arrived in the United States to join her
adoptive family. She was nine months old and weighed only 9 ½ pounds. She grew
and blossomed in her new home, but remained a diminutive size.
Her new name was Edie.
One day when Edie was in second grade, she ran home from school, crying. She was
frightened. That day, three new girls had been enrolled in her class.
During the first recess, they picked the smallest girl in the class as the
object of their anger and frustration. They pinched, poked, and pushed tiny Edie
and threatened to beat her up.
Edie had spent an hour in the principal's office with the three girls and was
assured the teachers would be watching. The girls were given a warning.
Edie's mother held her little one and comforted her. She learned later, after
speaking with the principal, that the girls had been troublemakers at several
other schools. They were being given one more chance at a new beginning.
"These girls must have been very hurt in their young lives to be so angry. Her
mother said. "The Bible tells us, "Be kind to your enemies, and pray for those
who persecute you. Edie, let's pray."
Then they prayed for the girls and asked the Lord for a plan of action.
A plan began to take shape. "I can't go to school with you everyday, so you will
need to stay close to a teacher when you are at recess or in line to go into
school." said Edie's mom.
"If the girls start to pick on you, tell them, "I'd really like to be your
friend Are you brave enough to do that?" Edie's mother asked. "The Lord asks us
to be kind to our enemies, let's see what happens, okay?
The tiny girl perked up, and with a smile, looked at her mother and said, "Yes,
Mom, I'll try."
The next morning, and everyday before Edie left for school, she and her mom
prayed for her to be safe and brave, and for the girls to be open to God's love.
Everyday, the girls shoved into line behind Edie and called her names and tried
to get in a poke or two.
Each time, Edie looked up at them and said, "I'd really like to be your friend."
She did have to look up at them since they were so much taller than she was.
The teachers kept an eye on the proceedings, but did not need to interfere as
the girls were not hurting her.
After about two weeks, Edie came home looking so discouraged. She told her
mother that she didn't think it was working. After they talked about it some
more and prayed, she decided to keep trying and continued to faithfully tell
them, "I'd really like to be your friend."
One day the following week, Edie ran home as fast as she could and ran into the
house shouting, "Mom, Mom, guess what happened today? Just like I always did, I
said I'd really like to be your friend, and one of the girls said, "Okay, Edie,
we give up, we'll be your friend."
Edie and her mom thanked the Lord for His faithfulness.
A short time later, as the girls were trying to become friends, Edie asked the
teacher if she could sit at a table with these girls in the classroom. She had
noticed that they were disruptive because they didn't understand the lessons.
Edie became their tutor.
Toward the end of the school year, when Edie's parents went to school for a
parent teacher conference, the teacher told them, "Because of Edie's kindness,
those girls have completely turned around and are productive members of the
class." She felt she had witnessed a miracle. And so did Edie's mom and dad.
How many people go through life never experiencing kindness? They don't see it
in strangers, and some don't even find it in their own families.
Without experiencing kindness, it becomes impossible to express kindness toward
others. The result of this tragic lack is seen everywhere.
What a different society this would be if everyone who has received kindness
would be kind to others, especially the unlovely.
- Author Unknown -