There is a man named Kevin Ford who works at the airport here in town. Specifically, he works at a Burger King in terminal one.
Kevin has worked at that Burger King for 27 years with perfect attendance.
He originally began working at this job as a single father when he gained custody of his two daughters and he just kept working.
In recognition of his 27 years of outstanding service and attendance, some of his co-workers gave him: a reusable Starbucks cup, a bunch of candy, a pen, and a single movie ticket. But nothing from the franchise owner.
Ford’s daughter Seryna, set up a GoFundMe page after the lack of acknowledgment from the higher ups, writing that indeed, he had never missed a scheduled shift.
Seryna also wrote, “In no way are we asking for money or is he expecting any money but if anyone feels like blessing him, he would love to visit his grandchildren.”
And people responded.
As of this writing, generous people from all over have given $374,460.
Ford was interviewed on the Today show and he said, “For all those years, you feel unappreciated, but you get up just like everybody else. You do your job, and for somebody to show this appreciation is just overwhelming.”
Most of those gifts were from strangers whose hearts were moved by one man’s work and dedication.
I am reminded of two things when I read this story…
- A little kindness goes a long way in this world.
- A group of people who show kindness can accomplish a lot.
Kindness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) That means any person of faith can know that God is working in them by the amount of kindness we show others. If kindness is lacking, drawing closer to God can remedy that deficiency.
God promises to give everyone who trusts in Jesus more of what we need. Specifically: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
The author of Colossians puts it this way…
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Colossians 3:12
Kindness happens in the smallest of gifts. A donation to a GoFundMe page, a jar of peanut butter for Lutheran Social Services of Nevada or even your regular offering to church.
God bless you,