Acts of Kindness

Don't be misled; remember that you can't ignore God and get away with it; a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows! If he sows to please his own wrong desires, he will be planting seeds of evil and he will surely reap a harvest of spiritual decay and death; but if he plants the good things of the Spirit, he will reap the everlasting life which the Holy Spirit gives him. And let us not get tired of doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't get discouraged and give up. That's why whenever we can we should always be kind to everyone, and especially to our Christians brothers. Ephesians 6: 7-10 (TLB)

Doug Brady lives in Alabama. His wife enjoys working in her colorful flower garden which adds beauty to their yard. But she also works full time, spends many hours with a local charity, is a Girl Scout troop leader, and taker care of their family. With so much going on, her flower garden needed some work. She came home one day and said that she was going to give up her flowers; she didn't have the time to maintain them properly.

Doug doesn't have a green thumb, but he woke up early the next morning, grabbed his gloves and portable radio, and went to work on the flower garden. As he cleared out the weeds, he listened to praise music and thanked God that he had the health, ability, and opportunity to do the work. He also praised God for his wife who does so much for their family and others. His gardening took only a few hours, and it didn't really feel like work. That one act of kindness brought happiness to two people.

We all want to know we are loved. A few moments out of our day can make a huge impact on others, and it usually benefits the giver too. So what can you do today to show your love to someone - make a phone call to a friend, do the dishes, yard work, cook a meal, say a prayer ? There are many ways from sharing a smile to spending time with a shut-in.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for all you do for us. Help us not to grow weary in passing your love and kindness on to others, in Jesus' name, amen.

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