Joey Mustain from Murfreesboro, Tennessee fascinated us with a great story about human kindness and goodwill. The story he posted on Facebook is so touching that brings hopes that there are still people who care about the others.
While Joey and his daughter were enjoying their dinner at Chick-fil-A, they witnessed a very uncommon, but totally pleasant situation. One moment a homeless man enters the diner. His dirty clothes and big backpack make him quite noticeable. In many cases such outfit results with him being thrown out of the diner, but not this time. Joey begins the post like this:
“I took Stella to Chick-fil-A today. It’s our normal daddy-daughter spot. It’s clean, so good, and the playground has a tractor beam on her the moment she sees it.
When we finished eating and she’d worked up her dessert appetite playing with the other kids, we went back to trade in her toy for ice cream. She wanted to sit at a table to eat the cone (something we usually do in the truck), and I’m so glad she did.
We took a booth right next to the spot where you wait for your drink to be ‘refreshed,’ and we had a front-row seat to this beautiful scene: a homeless traveler had walked in and asked if they had any extra food.
Mud was wet and caked on his well-traveled shoes.
His hair was matted, and his beard wasn’t a statement as much as it was a necessity and a sign that he doesn’t get to shave as often as most of us do.
People near him kept their distance, but that didn’t stop him from being kind. He spoke to people who reluctantly spoke back, and he smiled while he waited on a manager.”
However, the homeless man was about to be amazed.
Joey continues with the manager’s approach towards the man. He writes:
“All I could pick up on of the conversation was the manager saying that he’d love to give him a full, warm meal. Not just scraps or extras.
The only thing he required was that the man let him pray with him.
After the homeless man agreed, there was no waiting for things to die down, there was no scooting anyone to the side.
As busy as they were, the manager stopped then and there, laid his hand on the man, and proceeded to pray.
I heard love in that prayer. The homeless man wasn’t some untouchable stain on business. He was the reason that store opened its doors this morning (or any morning).
I asked Stella to watch and she stared. She asked what was happening and when I told her, she bowed her head, too.
I realized then and there that Chick-fil-A doesn’t simply do business for profits, they truly use business to minister….
I love teaching my daughter life lessons, and I also love being there to watch other Christians teach her life lessons. Thank you, Chick-fil-A, for taking care of the latter today.”
That surprised even the homeless man. He was touched even just by the fact that he was treated as a human being.
Just imagine the homeless man’s happiness. Being treated well and getting more than what he was hoping for made him feel wonderful. Very often homeless men feel the harsh reality of life and the bad side of human’s nature. They are being mistreated, abandoned and unnoticed. This homeless man received quite the opposite. That must gave him hopes for better future.
Thanks to Joey all of us can understand what really happened. The world will definitely be better if there are more caring people out there!