February 17, 2020 – Not-so-random Kindness
Today is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. It’s a movement to encourage people to do nice things, for anyone you can, whether you know them or not. Ideas are to send a thank you note to the police or fire station near you, or to drop off flowers to a hospital and tell the front desk to give them to someone who really needs a pick-me-up.
Random acts of kindness are great–and we should do them. But I also want to make you think about doing acts of kindness… on purpose, ones that you’ve thought out and planned. There are many people in your life that you could show kindness to–and it can be intentional. Intentional means on purpose. God wants us to show kindness to all, and kindness takes practice. Part of the definition of kindness is to be considerate, and that may mean you have to put yourself aside. Look at this verse–being humble goes along with being kind.
12 God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient.Colossians 3:12 (ERV)
Dear Lord, Help me to forget about myself and focus on other people. Help me to encourage and treat them with kindness. Forgive me for my selfishness. Amen.