But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Gal. 5:22
There are millions of acts of kindness that take place around the world every year, but we don’t often hear about them. Yet, these simple acts encourage us and remind us that sharing makes communities and our world a better place.
Here are a few acts of kindness stories I read at the end of 2019:
Volunteers made 3,694 cookies in one day for American troops serving overseas
Santina Flynn, began a tradition of sending her son, a US Marine and military members like him, cookies at Christmas. When Flynn passed away, her friends gathered in her honor and in a massive effort of love and charity, they baked 3,694 cookies in one day to send to US troops.
A man delivers snow to comfort a sick friend
A man had an illness that caused burning sensations all over his body. His best friend had snow delivered to the sick man’s front yard, so that he could make snow angels, like he did as a child, so he could experience temporary relief from pain. This act of kindness and love took place in Florida and it was stunning to watch this man step into the snow weeping, in a pair of shorts and tee-shirt to make a healing snow angel.
A man at the end of his life requested to be baptized by water
An 80-year-old man wanted to be baptized, but he was confined to a hospital bed and could not walk to attend church to be baptized. His family and the hospital staff helped fulfill his request to be baptized right where he was.
And, my personal acts of kindness favorite…
A group of strangers blessed an unsuspecting waitress with a large tip
Shilo Carr, founder of LOVE Lunchsack Ministry, and her four friends, went to IHOP looking for someone to bless. After the group finished eating, the group of strangers each stated they each wanted to give their server, Margaret Samano, a 100-dollar bill. Together, they blessed her with a $500 tip. You can see her reaction in the video here.
No matter what you see on the news, there is good taking place each day.
We each have the power to make a difference. We can take an action, however small, that help someone.
I am challenging you, as well as myself, make this year the best year, for you and someone else. Be His light in this world. Love deeply every day and allow God to use you to bring the joy of Jesus to others.
Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare. He has thirty years of experience in various pastoral and editorial roles, and he is passionate about responding to the spiritual needs of both ministry staff and members.