So the Bible commands us to be kind to everyone. The verse from Ephesians just says to be kind --- it doesn’t say how big or how small the act should be…just be kind. But, just how do we show kindness? Former State Senator Mike Brubaker of Warwick Township is showing kindness by attacking hunger in Lancaster County. Click here to read more. I applaud Mike for his willingness to strike a blow against hunger.
Although we all can’t perform an act of kindness on the scale of Senator Brubaker, we can nonetheless do acts of kindness that are just as meaningful. So therefore, your assignment between now and Sunday evening is to do an act of kindness for someone in your family, someone you know or someone you don’t know. So, Tim, how do I show kindness? Don’t worry. Below is a list to get you started:
· Do a household chore for someone
· Write and send a thank you note to a person who recently showed you some generosity
· Spend time with someone
· Take someone out to breakfast, lunch or dinner and pay for their meal
· Talk to your neighbor and find out how they are doing
· Park in a space farther away from a store you are going to so that someone else can park in a space closer to the entrance
· Donate a dollar the next time you are asked to do so at a checkout line
· Men – give your wife, fiancé or girlfriend some flowers
· Help someone whose car is broken down
· Wash a car for someone
· Say “thank you for your service” to the first policeman, fireman or EMS person you see
· Return a wayward shopping cart to its location in the middle of the parking lot
· Read a book to a child
· Say “bless you” when someone sneezes
· Open the door for a stranger and smile while doing it
· Send someone a small gift anonymously
· Give up your seat for someone
· Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter
· Compliment a co-worker
· Women – tell your husband, fiancé or boyfriend how much you appreciate them
· Truly listen to someone – with eye contact – when they are talking to you
· Teach someone a skill
· Visit a nursing home and talk with an elderly person
· Call your mother
I am certain that when you close your eyes to sleep on Sunday evening, you will be affected more than the person you helped. Being kind is contagious – pass it on willingly.
Kindness is not just for humans it seems. In the Netherlands, a pair of hippopotamuses came to the rescue of a duckling who frantically tried to get back to its mother. Click here for this act of kindness from the animal world.
Believe.Act.Serve, like Jesus did.
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