Acts of Kindness

The other day, my neighbor knocked on my door and asked me what happened to my lawn guy. I use to have a guy to do my lawn weekly, but honestly I just can’t afford it anymore. So he offered to cut my lawn for me. I had been a bit worried about it, because my lawn needed it. When he offered, it just warmed my heart and let me know that God heard my hearts cry.

So on Saturday, I was awakened my the roar of a lawn mower in my yard. And not only did he mow the lawn, but he trimmed and did all the extras. I can’t explain to you what that did for me. Not only did it let me know God cared, but it let me know my neighbor cared. This same man had helped me when I went through my very difficult time last year, having to turn my water on and off from the street when I had a very bad leak.

The world would be a much better place if everyone participated in small acts of kindness on a regular basis. Being a recipient of this act challenged me to see what I might do for someone else to “pay it forward”. Not sure what I will do yet, or even when I will able to, but my neighbor greatly impacted me with his act of kindness (which was by no means small to me). He actually did a better job than my former lawn man.

I don’t think my neighbor is a Christian and this convicted me even more. We as Christians should certainly be the leader in doing things like that. After all we are the ones who claim a relationship with the creator of the universe. All it takes is for us to look around and stop thinking only about ourselves or “our four and no more” and see the need in another persons life. I think as Christians this should be something we do on a regular basis. Wouldn’t you agree?

Mark 12:30-31

New International Version (NIV)

30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”