Today I am writing about the random acts of kindness that people show one another and how they can make a huge impact on that persons day. Being kind is something we all like to see in people and it shows that one has a love for their family, friends, neighbors and strangers. I can think of some examples of random acts of kindness where people have done something that seemed small to them, but was a huge boost to me at the time. Examples of this are below:
1- A good friend had someone come mow my yard while I was at home recovering from a heart procedure.
2- A random person (more than once) has let me turn into traffic on a packed road risking someone honking the horn at him or her for doing it.
3- People saying hello, smiling, and asking how you are today.
4- Kind words on face book, emails, and text messages that lift my spirit.
I did some research so I will not lay claim to being a guru on random acts of kindness and built a simple list of ways we can all be kinder to one another.
- Smile at people
- Hold the door for others
- Give an honest compliment (nothing creepy guys)
- Thank someone who you appreciate
- Be a good listener
- Offer your help to someone
- Ask the person who’s serving you how their day is going
- Treat someone to a coffee or tea
- Let someone go past you in the grocery queue
- Send flowers or chocolates to a friend out of the blue
I am sure you could come up with hundreds more on your own. So my challenge for the day is to go forward and try a few of these this week. Watch how random acts of kindness can change both your and the other persons perspective on life. I see it all the time and it warms my heart to see how kindness changes individuals, families, communities and countries.
I have another that I think is the biggest random act of kindness you could do for anyone. That is to pray for them. You see someone struggling, suffering, hurting, in a bad spot, fearing, acting out, being rude, fighting, arguing, and all the other things that we face because of sin in our daily lives. Pray for them, lift them up, hold them in your heart and think about their plight.
Galatians 5:22 states, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness”.
Proverbs 21:21, “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor”.