Unconditional Acceptance

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A few months ago someone shared this true story with me.  I found it to be very moving and I wanted to share it with you.

Breakfast at McDonald’s

I am a mother of three (ages 14, 12, 3) and have recently completed my college degree.  The last class I had to take was Sociology.  The teacher was absolutely inspiring with the qualities that I wish every human being had been graced with.  Her last project of the term was called, ‘Smile.’  The class was asked to go out and smile at three people and document their reactions.  I am a very friendly person and always smile at everyone and say hello anyway.  So, I thought this would be a piece of cake, literally.  Soon after we were assigned the project, my husband, youngest son, and I went out to McDonald’s one crisp March morning.  It was just our way of sharing special playtime with our son.  We were standing in line, waiting to be served, when all of a sudden everyone around us began to back away, and then even my husband did. 

I did not move an inch… an overwhelming feeling of panic welled up inside of me as I turned to see why they had moved.  As I turned around I smelled a horrible ‘dirty body’ smell, and there standing behind me were two poor homeless men.  As I looked down at the short gentleman, close to me, he was ‘smiling.’  His beautiful sky blue eyes were full of God’s Light as he searched for acceptance.  He said, ‘Good day’ as he counted the few coins he had been clutching.  The second man fumbled with his hands as he stood behind his friend.  I realized the second man was mentally challenged and the blue-eyed gentleman was his salvation.  I held my tears as I stood there with them.  The young lady at the counter asked him what they wanted.  He said, ‘Coffee is all Miss’ because that was all they could afford (If they wanted to sit in the restaurant and warm up, they had to buy something.  He just wanted to be warm). 

Then I really felt it – the compulsion was so great I almost reached out and embraced the little man with the blue eyes.  That is when I noticed all eyes in the restaurant were set on me, judging my every action.  I smiled and asked the young lady behind the counter to give me two more breakfast meals on a separate tray.  I then walked around the corner to the table that the men had chosen as a resting spot.  I put the tray on the table and laid my hand on the blue-eyed gentleman’s cold hand.  He looked up at me, with tears in his eyes, and said, ‘Thank you.’  I leaned over, began to pat his hand and said, ‘I did not do this for you.  God is here working through me to give you hope.’  I started to cry as I walked away to join my husband and son.  When I sat down my husband smiled at me and said, ‘That is why God gave you to me, honey, to give me hope.  We held hands for a moment and at that time, we knew that only because of the Grace that we had been given were we able to give. 

We are not church goers, but we are believers.  That day showed me the pure Light of God’s sweet love.  I returned to college, on the last evening of class, with this story in hand.  I turned in ‘my project’ and the instructor read it.  Then she looked up at me and said, ‘Can I share this?’  I slowly nodded as she got the attention of the class.  She began to read and that is when I knew that we as human beings and being part of God share this need to heal people and to be healed.  In my own way I had touched the people at McDonald’s, my son, the instructor, and every soul that shared the classroom on the last night I spent as a college student.  I graduated with one of the biggest lessons I would ever learn:

UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE

Every person on this earth is different.  No one person is exactly like another.  We have different skin color, different hair, different eyes, different fingerprints, different body types.  We all talk  our own distinct way.  We all have our own unique sets of likes and dislikes.  We have different talents.  We have things we are good at and things we are bad at that make us all unique.

Despite all these differences we are all alike.  We are all created by one God.  We are all His children and we are all created in His image.  We all live on this same planet.  We all experience suffering in our own way.  One thing that every person who ever has, currently is, or will ever inhabit this planet have in common is our desire to be accepted.  We want other people to accept us and like us.  The problem is that because each of us is uniquely different, it is nearly impossible for everyone to accept everyone.  People with commonalities seem to accept each other, but if a person is drastically different from someone else, it can be hard to accept each other.

As I reflect on this story, I think of how different our world could be if we could all just learn to accept each other for who they are.  Not judge people by their outward appearance, intelligence, hobbies, social status or wealth.  What if each of us could find it in our own hearts to say “I may not agree with you or what you do, but I accept you anyway.”  If we could all do that, this world would be such a better place.  Love would rule our days instead of hate.  We would all be kinder and more loving.  Unconditional acceptance would choke out the ugliness of indifference.

I want to challenge you today to try to be a person who practices unconditional acceptance.  I’m sure there will be times that you don’t do a good job of this, but really focus on trying to be accepting of all people more times than not.  I think that by doing this one deliberate act, you will find that your life is transformed.  If enough people do the same thing, we will find that our world is transformed.  Don’t focus on what other people do though.  Just make a conscious effort to do this yourself and see how much better your own life can be.  Unconditional acceptance is one of the most kind and loving gifts you could ever give a person and it won’t cost you a dime.  Let’s transform our world one person at a time.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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2 Responses to Unconditional Acceptance

  1. Rachel Cox says:

    I agree with you. However, in order to be accepting we have to be able to fight our fears. A friend and I were shopping last week and stopped into a gas station. As I waited in the car I noticed an old man with the hood up on his car. He was pouring water into the overheated radiator. No gloves and shaking as it was so cold out. At least 15 people walked by him in less than a minute and he had been there awhile so I can only imagine how many ignored him. The staff knew he was out there as they had given him the bucket of water. No one had helped him.
    I got out and offered him my gloves and he declined. My friend came out of the store, told him his thermostat was stuck. The old man said he was going to limp it home if he could start it.
    We advised him not to and forced him to go into the store to warm up. He was so cold he had to have help getting his gloves on and he wasn’t able to think straight. We finally talked him into leaving his keys with the gas station and letting us give him a ride the 20 miles home after we called a tow truck. We got him a pair of hand warmers to put in his gloves and only when he got home did his color start returning to normal.
    The gentleman was 96 years old. If he had been out a few minutes longer the gas station would have been calling an ambulance.
    It boggles my mind that so many could walk by and see the problem but no one offered to help until after we had stepped in. There is too much fear ad apathy anymore.
    Your blog reminds me that not everyone is like that. Thank you.

    • wmarsau says:

      That story you told makes my heart sad. It is amazing all the opportunities God puts before us each day to show love to others. Sadly, many of us ignore them or don’t see them at all because we are in such a rush and so focused on our own lives. Showing real love towards people can have such an impact on other’s lives if we would just take the time and make the effort. It warms my heart to know that you took the time to show kindness to this gentleman and possibly saved his life. Your kindness gives me hope. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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