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One Kind Act
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When it comes to helping others, I can't say that I shine. I love doing things for others such as baking fun goodies or buying simple gifts to say “Thanks for your friendship,” or “I am thinking of you.” I usually only do these acts of kindness for the people I know, and especially the people I am closest to.

After returning from a Christmas holiday with my parents, we had dinner at my in-laws house and asked how their Christmas had been. They told us how wonderful and peaceful it had been and how they had spent the day driving around town handing out gift certificates to the homeless. I was in awe! What a humble way to spend Christmas day, while most, including myself, were warm and cozy, eating good food and gift exchanging. I was very impressed and it took the phrase “random acts of kindness” to a whole different level.

Would I Keep Walking?

God talks about kindness a lot in the Bible. Most of us can recall the story of the Good Samaritan. Others passed by before one stopped to help a man in great need. I often wonder, would I be the one who looked and kept walking or would I stop at any cost to help? I believe God has called us to be His helpers. In a time of such great need in this world, we are called to be the “disciples” of Christ, to carry out His acts of kindness.

In the Bible it says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:35). There are so many different ways to help those in need. We can donate clothing, participate in food drives or even help prepare meals for the homeless. We can also do prison ministries. The list goes on.

God calls us to do acts of kindness for those around us, whether we know them or not. “The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me'” (Matthew 25:40).

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