Last week we went ti Chick-Fil-A for breakfast this morning. While we were there, a group of girls from the local high school came in for what turned out to be a birthday celebration. They were very low key at first – one of them brought a birthday cake, there were a few balloons and what like looked like a present. They went to the counter, ordered, and sat chatting and talking about the present they had. They seemed to be pretty excited about it.
After a few minutes, the birthday girl walks in. As soon as she sees the balloons, she gets very excited and runs over to her friends. Clearly she was very surprised! Before she even sat down, one of the girls pulled out the present they’d brought for her. They were so excited for her to open it they could barely wait! (I have to admit that I was a little excited, waiting for her to open it.)
The gift was a new cover for her iPhone with a picture on the back (I didn’t see what it was). But that sweet girl was so excited, she started jumping up and down! She ran around the table hugging each and every single one of her friends! She kept saying ‘thank you’ and telling them how much she loved her gift, over and over. It was such a sweet moment – I felt excited with them, and was so moved by their sweetness and sincerity. I was nearly in tears!
After a few more minutes, a woman that seemed to know them came in with her little girl…she told them that this had been such a sweet moment she wanted to get a picture of them.
As I was really impacted by their contagious love and excitement, it got me thinking: as ‘grown-ups, do we show love to our friends in this way, or do we think we’ve outgrown it? Wouldn’t it be great if we openly showed this goodness to those we love, even as we are past that stage of youth?