I know there is something somewhere that says that when we do a good deed, we are not supposed to brag about it. Its not meant to be a show or an act. And we definitely aren’t supposed to make sure others know what we have done…. We just do it. Its all about taking care of someone who has greater needs than oneself. Complete selflessness, based solely on the actions of her heart, not pride. I love catching these moments as they happen.
For the record, this is found in Matthew 6:1 " Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven."
I'm blessed enough to spend my life with someone who does this - often - without a second thought. It is my constant reminder that I need to care less about myself and more about others. Especially those with greater needs than I... Or who need a reason to smile. Big or small.
I remember learning about "Random Acts of Kindness" while I was in high school and thought - what a GREAT concept!! I mean, who wouldn't find satisfaction in following through with a selfless, random act that can brighten someone's day? Truth is, its a great idea, a great thought, it makes us pause for a moment...but how many of us actually perform these acts?
Check this out... Last year, a Starbucks in St Petersburg, FL had a chain of random acts of kindness that lasted about 10 hours, with assistance from approximately 450 customers. It took one drive-thru customer to make the decision to pay for the order of the car behind them.... and the chain continued on and on and on.... for all of those TEN HOURS!
Kindness can be shown to anyone -- those who are less fortunate and those who are more fortunate. No matter what hand we are dealt, we all need a reason to smile. I previously posted on how contagious smiles are.... so how about starting today with doing 1 little random act of kindness. Here are a few examples if you need some help getting started:
- clean out your closet and donate your clothes.
- write a letter to someone you havent spoken to in a while and mail it. (yes, with a stamp)
- compliment someone.
- secretly pay the tab of another diner at a restaurant.
- offer to help someone...with a ride, tutoring, babysitting, etc.
- leave extra time on your parking meter.
- leave a small gift or baked good on someones doorstep.
There are a TON of things that you can do. Just keep your eyes open and let your heart lead you. Then, let the feeling of completing that act propel you into doing another... and another...and another. Who knows where this can take you!? And remember, when one person is touched by your act, they will likely pay it forward, allowing the cycle to continue. What a wonderful world it could be! Now, go make smiles.... but first, please watch this: