Thursday, January 23, 2014

acts of random kindness

It has been a while since I have talked about ARK’s (acts of random kindness).  These are the stories of someone taking their time and resources to care for some one else.  Most of the time this is an act that people don’t notice when something good is done for another person.

I read a story about a policeman in Texas that gave a pair of boots to a homeless man.  No one was to know what the officer did, but there was a lady in the restaurant near where the officer and the homeless man were took a picture.  The picture has gone viral on the Internet.  All the officer wanted to do was help to do was share something he was no longer using with a man in need.

Every day we see people in need.  It is when we stop caring about those people that something has to change.

Watch out!  Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.  When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity!  I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.  But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.  Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.

If you are a leader, answer this: do you want the people around you to be generous?  Then be generous yourself.  Check your motives of why you want to help others.  Are you trying to look good to others or to feel good yourself? 

The fact is there are people all around us who are hurting.  Some of them are very rich, but they are still hurting.  Yet many of those hurting around us are poor.  All different kinds of situations and happenings have shaped the lives of these special people and placed them where someone can make a huge difference in their lives.  I want to make a difference in the lives of others.

I am not talking today about tithing or giving to your church or to a non-profit organization.  I am talking about helping people, one at a time, with the resources we have.  Here are some helpful hints in how to go about doing ARK’s (acts of random kindness):

Do great things quietly.  Leave the recognition behind or to someone else.  The people who need the recognition or want it have wrong motives.  Our motive must be to show people the love of God.  Nothing else.

There are big rewards for those who do good things in the right ways.  These rewards can come in all different shapes and sizes.  Some of the rewards are easy to see while others come when you least expect it.  But it is not about the rewards.  It is about God.

Find someone you can bless today.  Maybe it is simply in buying a cup of coffee for someone in the line behind you at the restaurant.  Maybe it is paying for a hotel room for someone whose electricity has been cut off or who is homeless.  Give that book away that someone else will benefit from reading.  Do something.

ARK’s (acts of random kindness) will help others, but they will also change your life one person at a time.

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