I absolutely LOVE providing random acts of kindness! Service is something that brings me so much joy. Being able to brighten someone’s day when they least expect it makes me happy…oh so happy…ridiculously happy really. So, today’s post is about an idea for a random act of kindness that I am just super excited about. Before I tell you what exactly it is that I plan to do, I would like to give you a little bit of a background and setting for my idea. It all began with one of the greatest life lessons that I was ever taught by my Dad, just shortly before he passed away.
My Dad and I shared a mutual love and appreciation for fast food hamburgers…especially A&W’s Teen burgers. (There…I just shared with you one of my deepest, darkest secrets…I love fast food…please don’t judge me too harshly) Anyway, it was not uncommon for my Dad to call me up on occasion to say “let’s go grab a Teen burger at A&W…it’ll be my treat.” Of course I accepted every time as you all now know how I feel about A&W hamburgers, but more importantly, it was the one on one time with my Dad that I cherished.
As we approached the restaurant that day, a homeless man asked my Dad for some money. Without hesitation, my Dad invited the man into the restaurant with us, put his arm around him and told him to order whichever meal he would like. When the food arrived, the man ate it quickly and left without a thank you or goodbye. My gaze followed the man as he left the building. I watched as he approached the very next individual that he saw and asked them too for money. I brought this to my Dad’s attention, and his response humbled me and taught me a lesson that I will never forget. He turned to me and said, “Sonja, we’re all beggars before the Lord.” That day, my Dad taught me to see the worth of another’s soul…to see others with spiritual eyes rather than superficial eyes.
How do we view others around us, and when we look, what exactly is it that we see? Do we see an individuals clothes, car, home or job… are we envious? When we see someone who might be less fortunate than us, perhaps struggling with addictions or unemployed…are we judgmental? It is incumbent upon each and every one of us at all times to see the value and worth in EVERY soul that we meet. We must see others as the Lord sees them. “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” ( 1 Samuel 16:7)
I would like to share a verse from my favourite hymn with you. I hold its message close to my heart at all times:
“Who am I to judge another when I walk imperfectly? In the quiet heart is hidden, sorrow that the eye can’t see. Who am I to judge another? Lord, I would follow thee.”
I absolutely love the phrase: “In the quiet heart is hidden, sorrow that the eye can’t see.” How often do we go about casting judgement on others? How are we to know the depth of pain and personal struggle of another individual? Sometimes, it is easy for us to look upon another and think to ourselves, “they brought that on themselves…this is their own doing.” Or, perhaps we look at someone and think, “they have everything…look how easy life is for them…they don’t struggle like I do.” We are all guilty of such thinking at one time or another, but let me offer a suggestion: JUST STOP. We cannot know what someone else is struggling with so please, love instead of judge.
Well this brings me to the part where I share my idea for a random act of kindness that I am so excited about. This is my plan: I am going to write three letters of hope, encouragement and love to complete strangers…I’m going to enclose each letter with a $10.00 Subway gift card in a cute stationary card (cute stationary brings me joy too by the way) and keep the cards in my purse with me at all times so that I am ready to hand out a card if ever I come across someone in need.
I will keep you all updated as to how this all works out for me! Thanks again for taking the time to read my post today…please know that you are of great worth…each and every one of you. Please don’t ever forget that, and please know how much you are loved. Have a terrifically joyful day today!