Do unto others...
This is the time of year you should especially cherish your family and friends. And if you have a good heart, you will send out love to your fellow humans: donate, volunteer, and just be kind. It’s pretty easy to be nice, but it takes a lot of energy to be hateful and angry.
One family in Denton, Texas, got a lesson in the true spirit of Jesus via one generous woman.
Your New Hero
Natalie Woods was just minding her own business at a local restaurant, Snuffers, in her Texas town earlier this November. There, she encountered a bigoted family shooting their mouths off about gay people, completely ignorant of the fact that anyone near their table could be gay.
Natalie, a lesbian, heard their conversation. And instead of arguing with them, she made an amazing gesture that soon went viral.
If you don’t have anything nice to say…
Natalie overheard this family gay bashing a family member who came out.
“I was at dinner with a friend and the table behind me began talking about how disgusted he was with his gay liberal nephew,” Natalie told the UK’s Metro.
“He told the others they needed to pray for his cure. I wasn’t eavesdropping, this man was in direct earshot of me, and speaking at a volume that I know other tables could hear,” she continued. “I was upset, mostly because his nephew wasn’t even there to defend himself but also because the Jesus I grew up learning about was all about love.”
Arguing and name calling aren’t successful means to get someone to see your point. While it would be understandable that Natalie would get emotionally and even physically upset and lecture them. She said, “I felt ashamed of myself in that moment,” said Woods. “I could turn around and say something. I could make out with the girl in front of me. I could cause a scene, be obnoxious.”
So she did something even better. She paid for their meals. And on their receipt she wrote a short letter.
The note read: “Happy Holidays from the very gay, very liberal table sitting next to you. Jesus made me this way.
PS Be accepting of your family.”