We went skating for Ellie’s birthday. I was amazed at how well she did skating her first time at the rink. She was skating laps around everyone. It was amazing and now I want to sign her up for ice skating classes or roller derby. However, as impressed as I was with her ability to skate and stay off her rear, I was even more excited to see her stop for a little girl when she had fallen down. She reached out her hand, told her it’s ok to fall, encouraged her to get back up and made sure she was ok. It was so sweet and challenged me to always be willing to help those who have fallen down in life.
When I was Ellie’s age I remember being at a skating rink. I was not good at all. I struggled to stay on my feet and my rear was bruised from falling again and again. At one point when I had fallen, several girls came up to me and skated around me while taunting me with their words. They didn’t reach out their hand. They didn’t offer to help me up. They didn’t encourage me at all. They laughed. They made jokes. Then they skated off leaving me on the floor with a bruised bottom.
I don’t ever want to be remembered for leaving someone when they were down. I want to be like Ellie. I want to be the one who reaches out to their hand to help and not skate away leaving another bruised on the floor.
Matthew 25:40 NLT reads…
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’
Ellie has learned at a young age what many of us are still trying to learn as adults. Treat everyone as if it were Jesus you were helping up off the floor of the skating rink.