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Recently God has been growing me to serve Him differently than I had been. Random acts of kindness some may call this service. This includes actually physically giving to others and serving others. Jesus was continually moved with compassion to help others in need.
One thing I was delightfully surprised about was the byproduct of joy He pours into my heart after these random acts of kindness and service. I’m not just talking about feel-good happiness. I am talking about a, ‘I just want to sing praises unto my Lord making melody in my heart’ kind of joy.
Anyone who really knows me knows this is not my typical state of being. Unfortunately, I am still in the growing pains of being of a cheerful heart. With a history of depression and other issues, my outlook on life can be rather dismal at times.
So, needless to say, when I experienced the said above, even I was taken aback. “I’ve got sunshine in my soul today….”
Friend, I encourage you wherever you are to seek the Lord and pray He strengthen your faith and open areas for service.
What is a Random act of kindness
You’ve probably been the recipient of a random act of kindness at some point in your life. Think back to an instance in which someone has helped you out of a tough situation when they could see you were having difficulty.
Did you also know such experiences can also be good for your health and overall well-being? It is true. A random act of kindness can be a good deed, a caring word, a selfless act or a small gift. Even a smile can brighten someone’s day. Take a look at some of the benefits of random acts of kindness.
Doing something nice for someone else can make you feel grateful for your blessings. This is especially true when the recipient of your act is less fortunate than you or in a tough spot. When you realize you’re able to give even the smallest bit of yourself to someone else, it shines perspective on the abundance you have in your life.
Stepping out of ourselves in order to focus on someone else is another great way to gain a renewed perspective, and strengthen our faith. Plus, doing good just makes you feel better. It releases feel-good hormones and increases your happiness. Suddenly, your troubles may seem a bit less burdensome.
Numerous studies have shown a positive effect on mood when people engage in random acts of kindness. You’re bound to feel better about life in general when you do good deeds. Improved mood, less anxiety, and higher energy levels have all been linked to the performance of random acts of kindness. Research has demonstrated that the pleasure and reward centers of the brain actually light up in those who perform these acts in much the same way as they respond in the recipients.
You might even feel physically better when you practice kindness. It has been proven that endorphins are released in the brain after doing something for someone else. Endorphins are hormones produced in the brain and nervous system. They’re often referred to as natural painkillers for their pain-reducing abilities.
When you do something nice for another person, they will naturally recall that act with fondness. Random acts of kindness promote good feelings among people and increase connections. These bonds can lead to better relationships and lasting positive interpersonal results.
Grow your faith
The King of kings came to serve rather than to be served. Think about that for a moment. His word tells us that:
“For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
To minister means to serve. His word also tells us,
“For brethren, ye have been called unto liberty: only use not liberty for an occasion of the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
When we give completely of ourselves to the Lord with His guiding and His leading, something supernatural takes place. It’s beyond our own comprehension and words.
These are merely a handful of the rewards that come from doing random acts of kindness. Remember, it doesn’t matter how small the gesture. Doing good always makes a positive difference to both the giver and the recipient.
I believe that if God is calling you to serve He will guide your way to the exact way He wants you to serve. There are many ways to serve. It doesn’t have to be through an organization or church building, though they have their place and if God leads you there, great.
Ways to Serve
One of the simplest ways to serve that makes an impact beyond words is visiting the elderly and young mothers. Oftentimes, the elderly won’t ask for help, though they may need it desperately. Same thing with moms that have babies and toddlers.
There are many elderly that don’t have retirement funds. They also don’t have children willing to help, and physically can’t bend down to do the cleaning/yard work they once used to. I cannot emphasize this one enough.
Many older people have surgery of some type and the healing time can be months. A lady was telling me about her friend who had no children. She had back surgery and her insurance only covered a small amount of aftercare.
Once she was sent home, she couldn’t bend over or hardly walk around. The trash piled up on the floor for 6 months because she physically could not pick anything up or bend over! She had no money to pay for help services.
Everyone has something to give. You may have no time to give, but I bet you have the resources to give. And, vice versa.
Random acts of kindness and service:
- Cleaning or yard work help for elderly or disabled
- Visit a mom with little ones and sweep her floor, holding her baby while she takes a bath, and read a story to her toddler
- Send a postpartum mom a food subscription box
- Pay for the next person in line at a Starbucks
- Pick a flower and give it to someone on the street
- Share the gospel with someone today
- Compliment your spouse
- Go to a nursing home and read a book
- Drive someone for errands who cannot drive
- Offer to babysit for someone you know
- Pray with someone who is struggling emotionally
- Bake something and pass it out
- Write a thank you card with a gift card and give it to someone that you see all the time but don’t know (ex: postman, store clerk, waitress, etc.)
- The possibilities are endless