September 1, 2010

Twinkies and Root Beer

The following "parable" has circulated for a number of years, but I recently read it again in a church newsletter.  The author is unknown.

A little boy wanted to meet God.  He knew it was a long trip to where God lived,
so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of Root Beer and he
started his journey.  When he had gone about three blocks, he met an elderly man. 
The man was sitting in the park just feeding some pigeons.
The boy sat down next to him and opened his suitcase.
He was about to take a drink from his root beer when
he noticed that the man looked hungry,
so he offered him a Twinkie.
The man gratefully accepted it and smiled at the boy.
His smile was so pleasant that the boy wanted to see it again,
so he offered him a root beer.  Again the man smiled.
The boy was delighted! They sat there all afternoon
eating and smiling, but they never said a word.
As it grew dark, the boy got up to leave, but before he left
he turned around, ran back to the man, and gave him a hug.
 The man gave him his biggest smile ever.

When the boy got home his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face.
She asked him, "What did you do today?"
He replied, "I had lunch with God. You know what?
God's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"
The elderly man, also radiant with joy, returned to his home
and was greeted by his son who asked, 
"Dad, what did you do today that made you so happy?"
The man replied, "I ate Twinkies in the park with God.
You know, he's much younger than I expected."

Too often we underestimate the power of a smile, a kind word,
or the smallest act of caring, all of which are small positive acts
that can brighten a day, change a life and always make a difference.