Have you ever been touched by a random act of kindness? I have, in a most particular way.
Yesterday my husband, my son and I went to the movies. As we settled ourselves down and began to munch on our popcorn two young moms walked in with their children. The theater had quickly filled up and they were obviously going to have a hard time sitting together.
I noticed that the three seats to our right and the three in front of us were still empty, so I asked these ladies if they wanted us to move so that they could seat together. They thanked us profusely as we moved down one row.
We settled ourselves down once again, and once again we resumed munching on our popcorn.
As the lights dimmed down and the previews began, I was surprised by a tap on my shoulder. It was one of the two young moms. She handed me a bag of M&Ms and said, “This is for you. I want you to know you made my day.”
I was so overwhelmed, I could barely focus on the screen. I mean, I hadn’t done anything great or heroic. Yet I had managed – in total random – to make this lady’s day!
I might have made her day, but the kindness she showed in return meant more to me than she’ll ever know.
As I enjoyed the movie and my M&Ms, I thought about a testimony I had heard earlier that day, during church service. Ten years ago Alicia Manes, a young woman at our church, and the small group she lead began serving single women by putting together a “spa day”. What began as a small act of kindness has evolved into a full-fledged yearly event.
I was touched by Alicia’s testimony, but what I especially appreciated was hearing that she and her group had made all kinds of mistakes along the way, had little resources, had felt overwhelmed, yet they kept on going, showing kindness to single moms and being obedient – a word Alicia repeated over and over again as she spoke that morning.
Obedience… Saying “yes” to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to display His love, His ways, and His kindness. The Apostle Paul said it so well, “God’s kindness leads [us] to repentance.” (Romans 2:4) Alicia and her group had lead hundreds to experience the changing power of God’s love.
Thinking back on yesterday’s pleasant experience at the movies, I can surely say that a little bit of sweet kindness sure goes a long way. How has kindness touched you?
I’m eager to hear,