Monday 23rd March
1 Peter 1:7
Add goodness to your faith; understanding to your goodness;
self control to your understanding;
patience to your self control;
true devotion to your patience;
kindness to your devotion; and to this kindness, love.
“The best portion of a good person’s life
is their little, nameless, unremembered, acts of kindness and love.”
– William Wordsworth
Imagine the impact on our world
if today each person went out of their way to show small acts of kindness
to those we came into contact with.
Like ripples in the pond, one small act of kindness
can have far reaching effects that we will never see.
It is amazing the impact that random acts of kindness have on life.
There is, in fact, an organisation now called: Random Acts of Kindness,
that encourages people to carry out random acts of kindness in the course of the day.
The idea is that you do not just do something kind for someone you know,
or when a situation touches your heart, but you just show kindness randomly.
It can be anything from giving some coins to someone begging on the street,
letting someone out of a turning when you are driving the car,
to sending a card to someone to let them know you are thinking of them.
There is a tradition at certain cafés in Naples called “Caffé Sospesso”,
where people pay for two coffees when they will only drink one
so that the second one can be given to someone else
who does not have the money to pay.
I have experienced in my own life the joyful, uplifting, feeling
of being on the receiving end of small acts of kindness.
It doesn’t have to be anything major, just a small act that says “you matter”.
In New York recently, during the cold snap, someone had given out
woollen socks and gloves to the homeless people that they passed.
I saw a photo of some homeless people showing off their new clothing,
with big smiles on their faces.
I’m sure the smiles where not just for the socks and gloves,
but for the fact that someone noticed them.
They mattered to someone that day.
True acts kindness do not need to be recognised; should not expect gratitude in return;
and is not merely shown to those we feel deserve it.
A true act of kindness is simply a small offering dropped in the ocean of life,
where God can use it without us even knowing how.
A small act of kindness is never wasted.