While pumping gas a few weeks ago, I was approached by someone asking for money.
After the man began to speak, my 5-year-old daughter Kate unbuckled and tried to get my attention.
I pushed her back. Like most parents, I don’t like being approached when I have her with me.
A few seconds later, she tried again to tell me something. I pushed her away.
While the man continued to talk, Kate started to cry. I ignored her, gave the man a few bucks, and turned around frustrated. “What do you want? Get back in your seat and be quiet!”
With big tears in her eyes, she showed me a quarter she found and said she just wanted to give it to the man. She said she planned on buying a toy with it, but he needed it more.
I called the man back and she gave it to him…and I gave her a big hug and apology in return.
“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”