A Random Act of Kindness

This morning at church, an elderly gentleman from our congregation came forward to pray.  Before praying, he told the church about something that had happened to him earlier in the week.

Ken’s wife had asked him to go to the grocery store to buy a few items.  He shopped for the items then went to the check out to pay.  On swiping his bank card, Ken was told by the check out assistant that his card had been declined.  He thought this was strange – there was money on the card as far as he knew – but he asked the check out assistant to remove an item from his purchase and try charging the card again.  The card was declined.  Ken asked for another item to be removed.  The card was declined again.  Confused, he told the assistant he would have to cancel his purchase and began to walk back to his car.

“Sir, sir!” Ken turned around to see the check out assistant calling him back.  He walked back over to the check out to find that the lady in line behind him had paid for the items he had wanted to buy.  A total stranger.  Ken thanked her, possibly slightly embarrassed but more than anything, grateful and humbled by this stranger’s incredibly random act of kindness.

I LOVE hearing this kind of story – I get a little bit teary.  There is so much darkness in our world, but there is also light.  What can you do this week to be light to another…perhaps a total stranger?  Remember, if you do something kind for another, do it because it is right and not just for the praise you would like to receive (although, of course praise and recognition is nice).  The Bible says in Proverbs 3:3 “Do not let kindness and truth leave you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart” and in Hebrews 13:2 “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.”  As a Christian, I also love Micah 6:8 – “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Look for the opportunities this week…a random act of kindness could be coming your way.  The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation can give you tonnes of ideas to get you started.

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