When I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class
walking home from school. His name was Kyle. He looked as if he
was carrying all his books.
I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his
books on a Friday? He must be a nerd."
I had quite a weekend planned ahead (parties and a football game
with my friends) so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.
As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running towards him.
They ran into him, knocking him down and causing all his books
to fly out of his arms. His glasses went flying and I saw them
land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up and I
saw this terrible sadness in his eyes. My heart went out to him.
Hence, I jogged over to him and tried to help him as he crawled
around looking for his glasses with a tear in his eye.
I handed him his glasses and said, "Those guys are jerks.
They really should get lives."
He looked at me and said, "Hey, thanks!"
There was a big smile on his face.
It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude. I helped
him pick up his books and asked him where he lived. It turns out
that he lived near me so I asked him why I had never seen him
before. He said he had gone to a private school previously. That
was when I realized I had never hung out with a private school
kid before. We talked all the way home and I helped carried some
of his books. He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I invited
him to play a little football with my friends and he agreed.
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We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the
more I liked him. He was equally popular with my friends. When
Monday morning came, I saw Kyle with a huge stack of books again.
I stopped him and said, "Boy, you are really going to build
some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!"
He simply laughed and handed me half the books. Over the next
four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors,
we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown and
I was going to Duke.
I knew that we would always be friends and the miles separating
us would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor and I
was going for a business degree on a football scholarship. Kyle
was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about
being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was
glad that it wasn't me having to get up there and do the speech.
I saw Kyle on graduation day and he looked great. He was one of
those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled
out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than
I had and all the girls loved him.
Boy, I was jealous sometimes.
Today is one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about
Hence, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big guy,
you'll be great!"
He looked at me with one of really grateful looks and smiled.
"Thanks." He said.
He cleared his throat as he started his speech.
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"Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make
it through those tough years. Some people thank their parents,
teachers, siblings or maybe their coach. However, most people
must thank their friends. I am here to tell all of you that being
a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going
to tell you a story."
I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story
of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the
weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his
Mom wouldn't have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home
when he met me. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.
"Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing
I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome and popular
boy told us about his weakest moment. I saw his parents looking
at me and smiling with the same grateful smile. I never realize
the depth of my actions until that single moment.
Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small
gesture you can change a person's life. For better or for worse.
God puts us all in each other's lives to impact one another in
some way. Look for God in others.
"Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings
have trouble remembering how to fly."
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