2 Corinthians 12:9-10

New International Version (NIV)

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Monday, March 14, 2011

A Random Act of Kindness

If We All Do One Random Act of Kindness...Image by heathbrandon via Flickr
The other day I was at the grocery store.  The line was long and the there was a lady in the front that was a little short when her items were rung up.  She paid part  in cash, but then the machine wouldn't accept her card.  She quickly walked outside, no one knew what was happening.  The cashier informed the lady behind her that she was going to her car to get some more money.  The lady behind waited for awhile fiddling with her items and her purse.  After a few minutes she did something that shocked not only the cashier but the people behind her.

While the lady was gone the lady behind handed the cashier some money and offered to pay the remaining balance.  The cashier was in shock as she took the money, saying how rarely that happens.  The other lady did return with some more money.  The lady behind seemed a bit hesitant to accept repayment, feeling like the other lady may have needed it more, but she took a portion as not to offend or embarrass her.

The look on the lady's face when the cashier told her what the lady behind had done. It was so much gratitude. Here it was a perfect stranger someone she had never met in her life who paid her debt.  A simple random act of kindness that I only hoped stayed with everyone who witnessed it.  I know it stayed with me.

What got me the most was the lady behind who was fiddling with her items and fiddling with her purse was just making sure that she herself had enough to cover her items and the lady ahead, as she seemed to be on a tight budget herself.  I guess she felt that the other lady needed it more so she gave her last bit of cash to cover the other lady's debt.

It reminded me that we all have a debt that was paid, but this debt was paid in blood.  By a perfect stranger showing His love for mankind.  An act of love that saved the world.

All I hope is that they all saw God's reflection in this one lady's actions and remember what He has done for them.
Romans 12:9-13 (New Living Translation)  9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection,[a] and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.[b] 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.
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3 comments:

  1. What an example of Christ. And though we don't know if this lady was a Christian or not what we do know is this we are all to show kindness to one another no matter what. Who knows Sis God had you there for a reason to see kindness or to remind you of what kindness looks like. I don't know but I do know that everything happen for a reason. I love the story thanks for sharing

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  2. People will know whose we are by the love we show one for another. Often times the simplest things can make the most difference in someone's life. My wife often lets people with fewer items go ahead of her in the checkout and they often look at her in amazement. Random acts of kindness seem to be vanishing from our world...

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  3. This was a lovely post. In today's world we don't often get to witness such a sweet act of service. I love this thought and try to live by it but not always good at doing it.
    "Never suppress a generous thought" by Margarey Pay Hinckley.
    Thanks for sharing this experience.
    Blessings to you! LeAnn

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