Have you ever been down or out of sorts and something as simple as someone else’s smile came to the rescue?
We are called to be good to one another, but I feel this is becoming a lost art. We are living such a fast-paced life that we are afraid to take the time to do kind gestures in fear of being late to our next task or just feel we don’t have the time.
I feel that we are doing things backward. We are looking for fulfillment in the pace and tasks at hand when really the fulfillment comes from those simple, yet kind gestures that change the lives of the recipient and broaden our lives.
I am not sure if I should say sadly or thankfully that children really seem to have a better handle on this simple pleasure in life than the adults!
#RandomActsOfKindness could be something as simple as a smile, but could be anything like an email, text message, or Facebook Message letting someone know you are thinking of them or praying for them, sending a package or card or even popping in on a sick friend and cleaning their house or doing their chores that they are unable. You could even buy the coffee for the person behind you in line. Honestly, a #RandomActsOfKindness can be anything you feel driven to do to bless another person.
There is something almost romantic about receiving a traditional hand-written card in the mail. This is also a lost art, but something I greatly treasure receiving. Our ancestors knew how to take care of each other. They were always writing one another, supplying meals to the sick, elderly, new mom’s and grieving as well as pulling together when someone had a project at their home that required extra hands.
I did a video on YouTube two weeks ago sharing the gift I was given by my dear friend Bailey. Bailey is seven and a sweet spirit. She came to my house with her family and she and I shared a cup of lavender tea and played a game of Skippo. The next time I saw her she wanted to gift me with the cutest wooden cross with a heart attached to it and a little gift pouch also attached with some jewelry for me. I have been wearing a bracelet ever since and just treasured the gesture greatly. A couple of weeks later I saw her and she picked some flowers and brought them to me. Like I said, Children know how to be a light so much better than most adults. She is just a joy and I treasure and love her dearly.
As I mentioned in the above video, people that are grieving, chronically or terminally ill or even those suffering from depression can always use a boost. Many people may pray for them or visit briefly, but we go on with our lives and these people continue to suffer and often feel very lonely. We can make such a big difference in their lives, but remembering them weekly with something as simple as a card.
We all have a story and some of us are good at wearing our smile on the outside or choosing to embrace life in a positive way despite feeling very awful or awful inside. Sometimes people also do the same in hiding their feelings while going through a bad life experience. We are all very quick too, “Judge A Book By It’s Cover” and judge based on mood, appearance, etc versus understanding and reading the heart.
When I waitressed many years ago I loved my customers and enjoyed killing the crabby ones with kindness just the same. The ladies I waitressed with did not like the crabby customers and would pawn them off on me which was fine – it was my daily challenge to change their mood. There was an older fella that would come in and he liked sitting in the same seat so he would be pawned off on me a lot. He was never really grumpy too me, but he looked grumpy. After a couple of weeks of waiting on him and chatting and breaking down some emotional walls, he shared with me that he had just lost his wife. I felt so bad for him and that was the day that I truly realized that EVERYONE has a story and what is displayed outwardly can be very easily misunderstood.
We are called to love everyone and some days that can be very hard, but as I walk in life I strive more and more to walk my walk like Jesus did. Trust me I am not perfect and I have made many mistakes in my life, but I am making a huge effort to walk the walk and talk the talk as I continue on with my life. It is a choice and one I do not take lightly.
I encourage you to focus on being a light to others and do #RandomActsOfKindness and if your life is at a fast pace, consider slowing it down enough to fit them in. It will not only change the life of others but will also change your life!
“Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.” Proverbs 3:3
“14 You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” Matthew 5:14 – 16