There was a saying a few years ago: “Practice Random Acts of Kindness.” It meant hold a door open for someone, smile at a stranger, give a lonely person a smile. Whatever you could find to do. It seemed that someone came up with this idea to make the word a better place.
Actually, God came up with this idea thousands of years ago. I opened my bible yesterday to the book of Proverbs, in my One New Man translation of the bible, and found that there are many scriptures that speak of “sowing acts of loving kindness.”
“As acts of loving kindness tend to life, so he that pursues evil pursues it to his own death.” –Proverbs 11:18
“In the Way of acts of loving kindness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.” –Proverbs 12:28
“Acts of loving kindness keep the one who is upright in the Way, but wickedness overthrows a sinner.” –Proverbs 12:28
There’s lots more!
SO even though it may seem that acts of kindness are “random”, whoever does so is sowing seeds, good seeds, into his life.
Many times I have felt bad about situations that I could not help because I did not have money to change the situation. But we should sow “whatever is in our hand” which might mean spending time, giving a listening ear, and/or praying for the situation. In fact, throwing money at something without a plan doesn’t always fix the problem. Look at all the money “thrown” at the NY state education system. It winds up going to Administrators and hiring more Administrators, and never gets to the classroom where it is needed for books, pencils and notebooks.
Since my new “career” in retail, I have learned interesting lessons. I’ve had people thank me for “being nice.” HUH? All I did was give you a receipt. Yes, but you were nice to me, not like the older guy that works here and acts like I’m bothering him. Seriously? It’s no bother, it’s my job.
I know that this job is not forever, probably six months more. I’m usually not too grumpy, because I have hope of something better in the future, and because I know God put me specifically there. (Read about this here)
So as we “randomly” do acts of kindness, we are not random at all, but sowing seeds that will produce fruit.