GUESS WHAT SOMEONE JUST DID FOR ME!
by Sally Burgess, Forefront Families LLC
I was talking to my friend Bernice the other day and she told me she had been having lunch in a restaurant and saw a police officer eating nearby so she decided to pay for his lunch as well as her own. The officer wouldn’t have known whom the benevolent person was, but I am sure my friend’s kindness made his day!
We decided to take our young children for a ride in the countryside. As we drove along we saw a car on the side of the road and my husband stopped to see if he could help. The issue couldn’t be fixed so Brian ditched the idea of continuing our adventure, and towed the car (with all their family in it!) all the way to the nearest garage quite some distance away.
A number of years ago when we were in full-time Christian mission work, we had got down to our last few dollars, literally. Our neighbors were also in a financial fix so we decided to pool resources. She had one cabbage left and I had a few dollars. I offered to go and ask a lovely old man I knew with a huge garden if he would let us have some vegetables for the money I could offer. We came home with more then enough to feed both families for a week. I will never forget his extreme kindness. Another time we came home to find 3 huge boxes of groceries sitting on our doorstep just at the time we needed food. We were flabbergasted, couldn’t find out who gave them to us and sent out a huge ‘thank you’ to whoever it was.
I was at a Christmas party watching a young couple (who were wanting to adopt a baby from overseas) opening their gifts. Stuck in the bottom of the box full of silly little gag gifts was an envelope with a check for $5,000 in it! They nearly burst into tears.
We hear in the news of many selfless heroic acts of kindness such as people losing their lives to save others. Random acts of kindness can be huge and they can be very small. They may cost a great deal of money or cost nothing at all – just our time and maybe a little inconvenience.
Where does this whole ‘sneaky giving’ thing start? It can happen two ways. The most obvious is that we see our parents or those dearest to us practicing random kindnesses. We see the fun in doing it and the surprise or relief in the faces of the recipients. We smile and say nothing. The second most common way is when ‘sneaky giving’ happens to us. I feel sure that my friend Bernice acted as she did because of the experiences she had been through herself, where people had taken the time to help her during her financial and health issues. For her it is ‘pay-back’ time. People NEVER FORGET kindness shown to them. It has a profound effect. Have you had this happen to you?
Totally random acts of kindness are the complete opposite thought process to the attitude of entitlement we see everywhere around us. Our kids won’t know the exhilaration we feel in giving, if we don’t show them. Practice being a ‘sneaky giver’ within your own family and let it spread to those in need beyond your walls.
If you have any stories of random acts of kindness towards you or others, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.forefrontfamilies.org and our blog site at www.forefrontfamilies.blogspot.com