Random Acts Of Kindness
Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beautyAnne Herbert
Anne Herbert, is said to have once written “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat in a restaurant. And since that day, the feeling that is contained within this small sentence has blossomed into what is now seen to be almost a rallying cry for people everywhere. And there is something magical about embracing the philosophy of generosity of spirit and then turning it into overt action. It encompasses the very best of the essence of the Almighty which fills us with a light which, once lit, shines through and bathes the world in its glow. Performing those random acts brightens the day, and sometimes even the life, of the one who is the recipient of its magical properties. In fact, it has the capacity to forever change even someone who, by association, simply bears witness to it.
Remember the stories that came out of the Northeast only 2 years ago following Hurricane Sandy? They were simply heartbreaking. And much like the response to the devastation from Katrina, and the earthquakes in Japan and Haiti, sometimes it was an example of actions that were simply a matter of too little, too late! It was not uncommon to discover people following Sandy, who were without power and even running water, for weeks and weeks following this storm, who were freezing as the fairly temperate climate of fall rapidly turned into the bone-chilling frost of winter in the region. Add to this the inevitable shortages that occur following any natural or unnatural disaster… the food shortages in stores, lines for fuel and in some cases, total homelessness, and it is easy to understand why the level of despondency in the regions of such horrors begins skyrocketing!
I hear every day now the anger and frustration in the voices of people who are rapidly losing their grip on the rope that is barely, just barely, keeping them from completely falling over the edge of the cliff. And while I know that what I am trying to do by my personal response to the anguish that faces so many in our world, is not all I would like for it to be, it is what I am able do. But more than what I must doing overtly, is that I must fan the flames of that need in your direction. Perhaps this will inspire you all to do your part to help out, as well. And as your near and dear witness your kindness, so will they carry that kindness farther still. Yes we each may be but a single person…..one…..but we stay one only when we choose to do nothing. But, when we choose to do something and act, we become that snowball rolling down hill, getting bigger and bigger as it travels!
Ok, so what can we do, you ask? Well start in your own backyard! Yes there are thousands and perhaps millions who are suffering throughout the world, but so are many in your own communities. Charity that begins at home usually finds itself spread far and wide! And should you need even more inspiration or motivation, just think about some words whose ideas are far greater and at the same time, far simpler to accomplish, than any I might be able to share!
Ephesians 4:31-32 ESV:
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you
___Be thoughtful.Ephesians 4:2-3 ESV:With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.___
Give out compliments.
1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV:
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
Say thank you.
2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV:
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Proverbs 11:24 ESV:
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Matthew 6:15 ESV:
But if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses
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