Friday, May 22, 2015

A 5 Year Old at a Waffle House

At only 5 years old, Josiah Duncan is teaching what it means to show compassion.

It all started when the Alabama boy and his mom encountered a man outside a local Waffle House. Josiah didn’t understand why the man wasn’t clean. It turns out little Josiah had never heard of homelessness. He had a lot of questions – but most of all, he was troubled that the man looked hungry.

That’s when Josiah decided to do something to help. He asked his mom if they could buy the unidentified man a meal. She said yes.

So into the Waffle House they went, with Josiah handing the man a menu after realizing no one was waiting on him.

After the food arrived, Josiah did one more thing...he blessed the man with a song, "God our Father, God our Father, we thank you, we thank you, for our many blessings, for our many blessings, Amen, Amen."

By the time Josiah was finished, there wasn’t a dry eye in the restaurant.

News outlets and commentators on social media are right to praise this little boy. After all, Josiah didn’t just empathize with the man he saw outside the Waffle House – he was moved to action.

But I also think Josiah’s mom deserves to be recognized. She took her son’s request seriously and empowered him to act. Despite the fact she’s raising her son in a culture that is becoming more individualized and calloused, Josiah was able to feel – and act out – compassion.

excerpt from Jim Daly's blog of Focus on the Family     click here to read entire article