One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want. Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:24-25 (ESV).
Have you ever been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness? I have on a couple of different occasions. One was this last winter where someone before me had paid for my Starbucks latte. Another from this winter was a time someone scraped all the South Dakota ice and snow from my card windshield while I was working. Recently I received an encouraging note from a stranger. All of these occasions made me feel a great amount of joy and love. It didn’t cost that person much, but it truly made my day.
I believe these “random” acts of kindness are something we should be doing on a consistent basis to show God’s love to others. In his book, The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman writes about how there are five primary ways we show and feel love. They are: words of affirmation, physical touch, acts of service, gift giving and receiving, and quality time. In most cases, only gift giving is something that costs money. There are so many ways to show someone love and kindness that it should be hard NOT to do it!
Living our life to be a blessing to others means we should always be thinking of ways to make someone’s day. And I believe in return, we will find our own day brightened knowing you made that person smile.
Here are some things we can do as “random” acts of kindness this summer, for a friend or a stranger:
- Leave a kind or encouraging note for someone.
- Mow your neighbor’s lawn.
- Put a quarter in an expired parking meter.
- Leave a large tip for a waiter/waitress.
- Give someone a hug or a smile.
- Pick up a gift card to a restaurant and pass it on to someone in need.
- Bring treats to work.
- Let someone go in front of you at the grocery store line.
- Compliment one or more persons every day.
- Offer to take a picture for someone attempting a selfie at an attraction.
- Invite someone who may not have family around over for a BBQ.
- Bring a care package to a friend who is sick or going through a difficult time.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for your kindness that you show to us each and every day. Open my eyes to see people like you see them. Show me the opportunities I have to show acts of kindness to others. In Jesus’s Name, Amen!
Discussion: How has a “random” act of kindness affected you or someone you know?
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