Girls with Purple Hair

“Therefore, you are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment. For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the very same things. –Romans 2:1

purplehairA few weeks ago, while Diane was in California visiting our grandson, I was driving to get some dinner when I witnessed a traffic accident. A woman pulling out of a gas station hit a young man on a motorcycle.

As I approached the scene, I couldn’t help but notice that cars were swerving to avoid the driver, who lay in pain in the middle of the street, and his bike that was now a twisted mess. No one was stopping to help!

As I pulled my car into a nearby parking lot, a young woman with purple hair and a really funky outfit ran into the middle of the street and with all the strength she could muster, half carried and half dragged the injured cyclist to the curb.

As I approached them, a woman informed us that she had called 911 and an ambulance was on the way.

The rider was in shock, his left hand mangled and as I tried to tend to his wound as best I could, the girl with the purple hair consoled him in a soft voice, talking to him and getting him to talk with her.

What I observed in the next few minutes was compassion, caring, and empathy, from the most unlikely person. Or, was she?

If you judge people you have no time to love them. –Mother Teresa

As the medics from EMS took over and got the injured man into the ambulance, I asked the young girl why she ran into the street to help. Her answer was simple, “because he was in danger and was suffering, and I know and understand suffering.”

The truth is I have a soft spot for girls with purple hair! I like the Goth girls, the misfits, and the loners, too. These are the high school kids that don’t seem to fit in. They aren’t part of the click, cheerleaders, jocks, or beauty queens. They have been ignored, made fun of, bullied and treated badly.

Girls with purple hair, I have learned, understand suffering.

But if you are bleeding, lying in the middle of the street, they will be the first to help! Remember:

The loneliest people are the kindest.  The saddest people are the brightest.  The most damaged people are the wisest.  All because they do not wish to see anyone else suffer the way they do.

Spend a little time with any social service agency, homeless shelter, hospice, woman’s shelter, or food pantry and what will you always see? Girls with purple hair!

Let’s face it, we are judgmental. If you were interviewing for a new employee, would purple hair or a tattoo or piercing turn you off. Would you be quick to dismiss the applicant or would you take the time to get to know them before passing judgment?

The next time you encounter a girl with purple hair; don’t be so quick to judge. Take some time to get to know her and you might be surprised what you’ll discover.

If you are ever alone, injured, in the middle of the road, she might just be the one to drag you to safety.

If you enjoyed this story, you can have  Tony’s latest story delivered to your email every Monday morning, and not miss a single one.  Simply subscribe by clicking here. You will be sent an e-mail to verify your subscription.  Just click on the link and you’re all set.

Did you know that there is a Finding God’s Grace podcast too?  Every Wednesday, we post a new one.  They are two to three minutes in length and are voiced by Tony is his own words.  If you would like to subscribe to his podcast, delivered every Thursday morning at 7AM to your e-mail, simply click here.

Thank you for sharing my stories with your family and friends.  Below are links to share on your social media sites.

Digiprove sealCopyright secured by Digiprove © 2014 Tony Agnesi