To continue with the theme of making a change in the world around you, I wanted to share some advice that was given to me years ago from my father. It also just so happens to be advice given on a very funny movie called, Bruce Almighty. My father told me, “Sometimes it’s the little things you do for people that make the biggest difference.” In the movie, Bruce (played by Jim Carrey) was told by God (played by Morgan Freeman) that “A random act of kindness each day”, is how to change the world. Bruce believed he had to be a well-known, popular and powerful news anchor in order to make a difference. He and many other people are wrong when it comes to that type of thinking.
In order for you and me to change the world around us, we just need to do one random act of kindness per day. In our last blog I spoke about the 4’ bubble of influence around you. While that is a way of impacting those who come into your bubble; doing a random act of kindness may impact someone that you will never get to meet. When you perform a random act of kindness a day, you are helping to change your 4’ influence and therefore begin to change the world around you as well.
You may be asking yourself, “What exactly is a random act of kindness and how will I know when to do them”? Both are great questions. First let me address, what a random act of kindness could be.
My wife and I were stopping by Starbucks on Sunday morning just before church, as we always do, in order to pick up our customary coffees and breakfast. When we pulled up to the window to pay, the clerk informed us that our whole order had been paid for by the previous customer. It came to $23, and yet they still paid it. I was overwhelmed with such a great act of kindness. I was so blessed, that I decided to pay for the person behind me. I didn’t care what it came up to; I just wanted to bless someone like I was just blessed. Have you ever experienced something like that? Have you ever wanted to do that for someone? This was a great example of impacting someone in a positive way without them entering into my 4’ bubble.
There are many ways to perform a random act of kindness. Here are just a few ways:
- Sending someone an encouraging text.
- Picking up a piece of trash when you happen to see it.
- Taking someone out for coffee.
- Sending them an encouraging card.
- Spending time with someone.
- Letting someone in that is trying to merge onto the road.
- Smiling at someone as you are walking or shopping.
- Buying someone some food.
- Saying thank you to someone that is having a rough day.
As you can see, it doesn’t take a huge effort to start making a positive impact in people’s lives. Imagine if everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, did this. Would our world be a better place? Would your day be a brighter one?
I would like for you to read the following scripture; Matthew 25:31-46. (It should only take you a few minutes to read it.) When you do “random acts of kindness”, don’t do them in the hopes that you will be praised or rewarded. Do them because it is the right thing to do. Do them because you know what it is like to receive those kind acts, because you know what it is like to hope someone will show you kindness, or even help you out in a time of need.
I want to challenge you to do 1 random act of kindness a day. Try to do 1 per day for a week. When you accomplish that, go for 2 weeks, then 3 weeks and finally a month. Not only will it change your life, but you will be a small part of a big plan to change the world around you.