What is the cost of kindness? Many are expressing themselves through “Acts of Kindness”. It is a silent movement. These deeds of love are given unselfishly to the recipient. It is given ‘just’ to be kind and there is no expectation of anything in return.Oh what a delightful world this would be if everyone practices these acts of kindness. Some have even started organizations and groups showing others how to be kind and give. This is the ministry of Jesus Christ – love beyond measure. Love has no boundaries or restraints.
A pastor gave his example of an act of kindness when he simply paid for an elderly couple’s 50th year anniversary dinner. He was in the same restaurant with his family and noticed the couple celebrating the momentous occasion alone. One would think there should have been family or friends celebrating them. Moved by kindness the pastor secretly paid for their meal. The couple was in tears and so was the restaurant manager. This act that cost him $44 was worth millions in the hearts of the sweet couple. Just imagine how long and how deep this special kind gesture will last in that couple’s minds and hearts.
One organization has what they call 100 Acts of Kindness in 100 minutes. The challenge is to give 100 Acts of Kindness within 100 minutes. This brings so much joy to the giver and to the receiver. Some examples of Kindness Act include giving care packages to service men and women; donating your books to a local reading program; offer to mow your neighbor’s lawn; babysit for a struggling single mother; the list goes on and on. There is no gift that is too small or large. Everyone can participate!
1 Corinthians 13: 4 (NIV) reads, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” When we give kindness we give love. It’s these small acts that mirror love. These acts mirror God and His purpose in the earth. Here’s another example of kindness. There was a grade school student who wanted to do something kind for the US Troops. He alone collected monies to send care packages to the soldiers. Another example is a woman who paid the toll of the person behind her at the toll booth. There is so much that can be done to keep the kindness wheel turning in our world.
“And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” -Ephesians 4:32
SPREAD YOUR OWN ACT OF KINDNESS
– A Crystal Clear Thought