When Ally asked for writers I thought it was a great idea, but once I got down to it, I felt a bit stuck. Who knew that kindness could be that complicated?
I posted on my FB page:
"When you think of Kindness (as in the Fruits of the Spirit), what springs to mind?"Thankfully I got serious answers. One of the comments that popped up was about random acts of kindness.
I love random acts of kindness, and as my primary love languages are Acts of Service and Thoughtful Gifts, so Kindness is one of my favourite fruits of the Spirit.
I think it’s also the idea that we live in this world where horrible and harrowing things are reported on the news each day and random acts of kindness are a way of reminding people out there that there are still good things going on in the world. Recently I've been in the supermarket and the person in front of me has had a full trolley and I've had three or four items and the person has let me go in front.
When Chris, my husband was a student in Hull, there were two routes to get across the River Humber. There's a toll bridge, or you can drive further up the estuary to the one of the next main bridges and cross there for free. If Chris could spare the money, he’d take the toll bridge and pay for the car behind as well as his. It would often confuse both the teller in the booth as well as the driver behind. Whenever he told me about doing it I would want to be a “fly on the wall” in the car behind to see their reaction.
My favorite random act of kindness that I've done was for my friend Caz.
I got our friend Sooz in on the act. She was going to organise a girlie evening with Caz so that we knew that she was "free". The rest of our group met at the church round the corner. We'd each been assigned something to bring to the party. Our friend who loves cake decorating brought a cake that she'd iced especially with the verse from Ephesians 3 about being rooted in Christ.
"You being rooted in Christ, will know how deep is the love of Christ."
It turned out that it had been a prophecy given to my friend and somehow the friend who made the cake knew about it. We cooked pizza and messed about with face masks - it was a lovely evening and my friend felt so loved and cared for.
So, maybe I just need to get out there and take the bull by the horns so to speak! If someone was to surprise you with a random act of kindness what would it be or do you think it would depend on what was going on at the moment?
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Hannah lives in England with her three boys- her husband Chris, their 16-year-old foster son, and their son Jaxon who is almost 1. She is a work at home mama and says that being a mum is the hardest job she's ever had but it's also the most rewarding! Hannah blogs at Hannah Says...- go visit her site!
Thank you for sharing with us, Hannah!
Stay tuned for the rest of our study in the Fruit of the Spirit!
How is the Holy Spirit producing Kindness in your life? What do you think about random acts of kindness?
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