There has been a fad going around called, Random Acts of Kindness. I belonged to a sorority for a short while that was promoting Random Acts of Kindness. It is doing something kind for someone while expecting nothing in return; it is not a new idea. It reminded me of when my Mom thought up Random Acts of Kindness (even though that is not what they were called); I was just a young girl.
On May Day every year, we’d make up wonderful baskets filled with surprises and treats. Some were made out of wallpaper scraps with a felt pipe cleaner for the handle. The idea was to sneak up to someone’s house and leave the May basket at the door without getting caught. The recipients were to never know who delivered this gift to them. I can still remember the excitement. Mom would wait in the car for my sister and me to deliver the baskets and race back to the car.
Some 40 years later, when I was age 50, Mom and I drove to the farm house and visited Evalyn Miller, my Sunday School teacher in Centerview. She was the one that always had us sing “Into My Heart” at the opening and closing of the Sunday School hour. As we sat in her home chatting, she pointed to a little pink May basket sitting on her cluttered buffet. She commented, “This is the little May basket the Donovan girls brought me.” Some random acts of kindness are never forgotten.
I think about Jesus’ journey and the many random acts of kindness that He did—healing the blind, forgiving the tax collector and prostitute, washing the feet of the disciples. Those He chose to show His kindness to were some of the least deserving. Even though it was just a random act, Jesus had so much more to give them. He gave them Himself, expecting nothing in return.
PRAYER: Thank you, dear Father, for demonstrating random acts of kindness in our world. We don’t have to look far to note the flowers blooming, birds singing, and the many Random Acts of Kindness You have given to us. Amen
Please plant seeds, into our hearts, of ideas for Random Acts of Kindness that we can do for others.