The Ripple Effect
No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.
Temptations abound at every turn. For some, that temptation might manifest itself in a piece of chocolate cake. For others, it might just be a pack of cigarettes. For yet others, the lure might be drugs or alcohol. But whatever it is that tugs at our hearts, urging us to partake of those things that are at their worst, illegal and at best, are harmful to us, I want you to think about one thing. They are all sent to us from one who would delight in seeing us become so egotistical that we find ourselves forgetting all of the things that bring joy to our hearts and fulfillment to our souls. We forget that things like kindness and bearing witness to the fruit of the Holy Spirit (rather than the fruit of the vine), will reap rewards far beyond any, that Satan’s lure promises, if we but forget our faith!
Faith is not like diamonds or pearls. It is not something we wear every day, paraded before the eyes of others, to show all that we have and reminding them of that which they might have not. It is, instead, felt and displayed in the little (and not so little) things we do, such as when Oprah Winfrey started a scholarship fund at Morehouse College, the all-male, historically black school in Atlanta. Her goal was to help a few young men earn their degrees. And while few of us can afford generosity like this, the result of her act became a movement of people doing little things themselves for others. The ripple effect of these gestures has impacted far more people that the original gesture intended by the benefactress. You see, it is the kindness we might not even think twice about the moment we do it, that becomes more valuable to someone in need. Yes, having $$$$$$ allows us to help on a larger scale, but the small things mean just as much.
10 Kindness Gestures
- Say “Good morning” to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
- Pay the toll for the driver behind you.
- Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.
- Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
- Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
- Give a homeless person your doggie bag.
- Say “I love you” to someone you love.
- Put a coin in an expired meter.
- Help a mother carry her baby stroller up the subway stairs, or hold a door open for her.
- Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
There are a million acts of kindness that we might do for another, so I have decided to do something positive each and every day. These are things beyond what I do on the social media site I subscribe to where I have a faith-based page with the same name as this blog (where I offer prayers, stories, jokes, Bible verses…..all things meant to lift the spirit of the people who visit it every day)! For example, the other day, I visited businesses on my street and asked them if they would consider lowering their flag to 1/2 mast, to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. (This was, in fact, ordered by the President, but many business owners were not aware of the proclamation.) Their response was, at first, surprise, and then gratefulness that I would do this. One person asked me why. My answer was, “Because it is the right thing to do and what I owe those who became victims on April 15th”! I could just as easily have answered, “Because it is what God asks of me….and you too”!
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