A lady was waiting in line at the grocery store check out. The lines were unexpectedly long on this day. Ahead of her, she could see something being passed along from the front of the line. It was an envelope. When it finally reached her, she curiously took a look inside. Inside was about $50 in cash and a note which read, “Take it if you need it, if not, please pass it on.” Not needing the money herself, she passed it on. However, she watched the envelope make its way down the line, curious what other people would do. Some who were in need took a few dollars. The best part, though, was that several others who weren’t in need were adding money to the envelope!
Kindness stands out. It makes people’s day. It can impact the future. If anyone should understand the deep impact kindness can make, it’s Christians. Most Christians are, or at least should be, exposed to tremendous acts of kindness in the church. We’ve seen people give up time, money, sleep, comfort, personal well being, their own wishes and desires, and much more simply to help someone else out. This is exactly the way it should be! This is what Galatians 6:10 is all about, “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”
These little acts of kindness aren’t in vain. It builds a reputation that is needed in the church. The church should be a shining light for our communities (Matthew 5:14-16). Kindness can be one powerful light.
Kindness is a rarity in our world. This is the perfect opportunity for the church to show what true Christian kindness looks like!