The United Kingdom is very familiar with the concept of “unannounced” rain in and out of season. I have lost count of the summers where the sun was enjoying itself and then without warning, showers of rain have poured down relentlessly without invitation and I had left the house unprepared. I would walk back home in the rain, but that didn’t put me off – I began to dance in the rain.
Weird as it may seem I do like the rain but not as much as the unexpected surprise of it. There are places in the world that don’t get that pleasure of rain as frequent as we Londoners. A desert called the Atacama Desert located in the northern part of Chile and it reaches a small part of southern Peru. The average annual rainfall is about one inch of rain (WOOW!) and in some parts of the desert rain has never been recorded and this is exactly how acts of kindness can be in our world today, they can be very scarce.
People are unwilling to show acts of kindness for many reasons some from fear of being hurt, others ask the typical question “What’s in it for me?” In many respects, the idea of self has taken over our mindsets instead of thinking of others. The bible says in Ephesians 4:32 “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Our acts of kindness should be to all those around us – our brethren and even our enemies.
Many of us our like this Atacama Desert rarely experience acts of kindness and rarely do we purpose in our hearts to show kindness. The bible shows us various accounts of kindness, for example David showed kindness to the son of his friend Jonathan (2 Samuel 9:1) also the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37) and many more. I love how the bible expresses it in Colossians 3:12 (The Message version) “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline.”
Recently I was watching a message on YouTube by Joyce Meyer and she was preaching on the fruits of the spirit where she touched upon kindness and goodness. I want to share one of the nuggets of wisdom that blessed me from that video:
“Make a plan to be a blessing to be kind. At times we act on how we are feeling; you don’t always have to feel good to bless people it doesn’t just happen, you have to determine in your mind to make it.”