Yesterday before Church my wife and I were in our car at “Timmies” (Tim Horton’s) getting a coffee in the drive-thru and we paid for the order in the car behind us. We’ve had this happen to us in the past and once in a while we reciprocate. It doesn’t matter which coffee chain you select, it can be Starbucks or whatever.
There’s so much negativity in the world today yet each of us has the opportunity to shed a little sunlight, a little kindness, on someone else if only we are aware of the opportunities around us.
Jesus admonished us to give to the poor, to let our light shine so that others might see and give God the glory that He deserves.
You can add to this list as opportunities present themselves. What if everyday we individually tried to do at least one or more of the following (be vigilant!):
- Pray for the people in the ambulance that goes by
- If it’s safe, slow down and stop to let someone get in or cross over your traffic lane
- Hold the door or elevator for someone who is approaching
- Pay for the order of the folks behind you at a “Timmies” or “Starbucks” drive-thru
- If you’re using public transit and you see an older person or someone with a young child that needs a seat and none are available, offer them yours
- Make it a point to give someone in the service industry a sincere compliment
- Resist the temptation to use your car horn
- Give someone who is homeless or pan handling $10.00 or $20.00 and tell them God loves them
- Intervene if you see anyone being bullied or disrespected
- Use “Sir” or “Madam” when addressing the oppressed or downtrodden, show respect
- If you’re at the checkout and someone in front of you starts to put something back because they don’t have enough money, pay for it
- Smile or wave at young children whenever the opportunity presents itself
- Give someone a hug whenever it is appropriate
- Give encouragement to youth whenever possible
- Hold yourself in check about saying something negative about someone
- Donate a treat you would like yourself to the local food bank or shelter
- Make a batch of home made soup, jam or cookies and share it with your neighbours
- Offer to drive or assist someone who has a heavy workload
- Go the extra mile in being fair about shared responsibilities
- Tell those that you love that you love them often
- Introduce your Christian activities into your conversation with new acquaintances, like “yesterday when I was at Church” or “at our Church social we …” etc
- Buy your wife flowers for no particular special reason
- Fold the laundry without being asked and put it away
- Cook a meal for your family if your wife normally does the cooking and clean up
- Tell your wife or husband how pretty or handsome they look
- Take the time to thank God for all that He has given us
- Do something nice for your Pastor or Minister and his wife if married
- Use one of your days off to give your wife a day off, to do whatever she wants to do
- Praise God for being who He is
- Take the time to take the time to give unwarranted kindness
There are obviously MANY more things that can be added to this list, the important thing to be mindful of is that the recipients of these acts of kindness don’t need to deserve them at the point of receiving because we didn’t deserve God’s love when He reached out to us. Slow down and look at what unfolds before you, everyone needs.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!