Last week I was shopping at my local Aldi. I got there when they opened in search of water and maybe some toilet paper. My expectations were low. There was no water or toilet paper to be found. I asked the manager when the next shipment was arriving.
“Later that morning”, he said. “I have two packages of toilet paper in the back. Do you want them?”
Once he loaded the t.p. in my cart, I made sure to ask the two women near me if they needed any. They both were O.K., and on the hunt for paper towels.
The manager then said to me, “Give me your cell number. I will hold water for you once the shipment arrives and I’ll text you when it’s ready.”
Say what? Kindess? You mean I don’t have to wrestle someone for water?
A few hours later I recieved a text from the store manager that my water was ready. It was a good thing he saved it for me. As soon as the water was put out, it was gone within minutes.
This act may seem small. In the grand scheme of things it is. In that moment, it was a big deal for me. God bless that kind manager. He didn’t have to do that. But, he did.
In God’s economy kindess matters. We are given opportunities every single day to make a difference. Sometimes they seem small, almost insignificant. God knows the big picture. One act of kindness can change someones day, even their entire outlook on life.
In the book of Acts we can see one very small verse, with one very simple act of kindness. Paul is being transported on a ship to Rome to appeal to Caeser. Read Acts to get the entire incredible story. Anyway, there’s a massive storm and ultimately they run the ship aground. Everyone bails out and gets to shore on the island of Malta.
“The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold.” (Acts 28:2, NIV)
276 men had been at sea in a terrifying storm for two weeks. When they arrive on the shore of an unknown island they were met by kind islanders who had built a fire to warm them in the cold and rain. Sounds like no big deal. It’s one verse, and most of us are focused on every other part of this amazing story, that we miss the kindness of the islanders.
God used the islanders to bless these men, including Paul, after surviving a horrific storm.
God wants to use you today. It may seem small, but it’s not. We are looking for some big, grand gesture. And sometimes we get those chances to participate in the larger, flashier blessings. Those are very important too. I’m talking about the seemingly small daily things. The little things that can have a massive ripple effect for something larger.
Thanking the grocery store workers who are working tirelessly right now.
Giving another customer your package of toilet paper from your cart.
Checking on elderly friends and neighbors.
Praying for those infected with the virus and their families.
Praying for the doctors, nurses and all hospital staff who are putting themselves in harms way to save lives.
Thank your pastor who feels all the responsibility and stress to care for their hurting flock. Pray for them too!
The list is infinite.
God has opportunites set up just for you so He can use you. We get to be a part of what God is doing. He wants to use regular people like you and me to bless others. No act of kindness is too small or too big. If there is an oportunity to bless another human being, take it. Ask God to open your eyes and soften your heart to those who might need some help or a kind word. We can make a difference.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31, NIV)
Love you all,