What was cool about reading through this paper, was that it relates so much to the sermon series right now! "DO!" The assignment was to literally DO several "random acts of kindness" to total strangers. My fav memory of a random act I did was writing a sticky note that said something like...
" i don't know your name, or your life story- but i do know Jesus loves you and has a plan for you"
...going to my local bank drive through, sticking the note in the tube, and driving off. :) maybe not the SMARTEST random act being a bank and all; but fun none-the-less.
In honor of literary memory lane, and because I've been very bad at blogging lately, here are some excerpts.
( i realize 98% of readers will leave my blog at the sight of such a long post, but oh well) :)
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"As was said in an old Irish Proverb, “A kind word never broke anyone’s mouth.” In the same sense it is true that a smile never truly “cracks”, and at least in my experience a simple “hello” has yet to instigate personal bodily injury. So why then does it seem almost a sub culture for anyone to truly confess ownership of these so called “random acts of kindness”? While business and the monotony of everyday life can seem a good excuse, as Christians this is not so. Kindness is not an action but a quality of man’s character. The action of kindness is birthed when the reality of Christ-like behavior is conceived. Christ was not restricted by time or convenience or degree of relationship with others; His character was inherently kind.
Our time is very valuable; there is no doubt about that. Yet we compartmentalize our time into categories of “work” and “leisure” and “ministry.” We put on our work hat, busy with schedules and paper trails. When it comes to leisure, we would rather keep that personal and sacred. When ministry time finally comes around we almost have to switch gears in our minds to accommodate the now visible need rather than recognizing that our ministry is through our relationship with our Father
“Not our will but yours be done.” If our hearts cry truly is that Christ would dwell inside of us with close intimacy, how can we justify the fabrication of terms and conditions so that His purpose fits within our time constraints? This negates the influence our kindness possesses.
I can admit that I am quite good at randomly being kind to the people that I know and have a close relationship with. When I was pondering this assignment I thought about how challenging it was to consciously make an effort to be kind to people I do not know at all. We must have a willingness to acknowledge a stranger. Matt 8:1-4
As I seek to develop the character of kindness, I am reminded that in my training and until my perfection in heaven, I am representing the Lord Jesus, the perfect example of kindness. Jesus was one who was not hindered by ethnic and cultural prejudice and who sought out opportunity."
I'm challenged! AGAIN!