Random Acts of Kindness

Imported Photos 00032Performing impromptu acts of kindness without expectation of anything in return

Wherever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference. Kevin Heath

That best portion of a good man’s life; his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. William Wordsworth

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop  

What are Random Acts of Kindness? Simply, it is spontaneously, without premeditation or ulterior motive, the performing of random acts of kindness for complete strangers. These kindnesses are done without any expectation of getting anything in return. These acts are done freely and totally stand-alone acts of kindness.

Pay It Forward” was a movie which highlighted the Pay It Forward Movement. This movement is similar in that it promotes doing something for someone with a string attached; the recipient of the kind deed is expected to perform an act of kindness for someone else and so on and so on. The idea is to create a “rolling snowball” effect of many people performing acts of kindness.  The goal is for it to be contagious. This program has had its degree of success. Similar other such programs have come and gone. Random Acts of Kindness is an application of living by the Golden Rule. It advocates proactively being aware of and looking for opportunities to do kind things for others, the kind of things we might appreciate someone doing for us. The classic example is a Boy Scout helping an elderly lady to cross the street. Scouts are expected to do kind deeds for others. Random Acts of Kindness is all about unselfish acts of kindness being done for others.

The ramifications of Random Acts of Kindness are wonderful to contemplate. A “grass roots” movement, “contagious outpouring”, whatever it takes, to encourage, inspire or motivate millions of people here and worldwide, even billions of people doing random acts of kindness for others. This potentially changes the nature of the world in which we live.

Each of us has some impact and influence on the little part of the world in which we live. What if each of us takes a proactive attitude toward performing random acts of kindness weekly or daily or even multiple times daily? What if our efforts became a positive influence and encouragement for others to do the same? Living by the Golden Rule is mostly considered fantasy. It does not have to be that way. It has it beginning in the hearts and minds of each of us. It requires us to overcome our fears, selfishness, comfort zones, complacency, laziness and a long list of other undesirable traits so many of us have. It requires that we replace our undesirables with outward expression of love and kindness.

Challenge: Is it easier to ignore or look the other way when opportunities present themselves to do something kind for complete strangers?  Performing acts of kindness for others will require you to have a more proactive attitude and a willingness to reach out and to overcome your complacency. It requires being aware and taking action when the opportunity presents itself. You will be the one who benefits the most by your acts of kindness.

Wisdom:  We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Charlie Chaplin

Spiritual: (NIV)

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 4: 7-8

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13

The best approach to life is to have a spirit of love. The power of love allows us to rise above our conditions and be proactively in control of our thoughts and actions and less imprisoned by them. Those who can love have it together, having good attitudes about themselves and their lives. We are limited both in our attitude and ability to love because of our sinful nature. God will enable and show us the way to living life with a loving attitude.

Prayer: Help me to overcome my selfish ways and to learn to have a more loving attitude.

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