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Look to Others

Maybe you saw in the last few days there has been an online campaign called #20Acts of Random Kindness.  This is a way that some are honoring those killed in the incident in Newtown last week.  The idea is to practice an act of kindness to honor each victim.  When I first saw this I was sort of ho-hum about it.  This is a great idea, and I have seen lots of online feedback from people doing great things for others.  And, as you know, I write about acts of kindness quite often.  My reaction, however, was founded in the idea that this is how we should be treating each other all the time, not only in a period of strong reaction.  My prayer is that regular readers of this blog are already attempting to live a life where you are always on the look out to find ways where you can practice acts of kindness.  If not, this is a good time to jump on the bandwagon, just don’t stop, make this a habit.

not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:4 New International Version (NIV)

Look to others today.

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Little Things

Sometime ago I wrote about the impact of random acts of kindness and how that really impacts people. I come across this little thought last night and found it a good reminder. It is just small enough that you can stick it in your mind and let it rummage around there all day.

What would be different if we lived like we really believed that small actions can make a big difference?

Sort of reminds me of this:

Those who give one of these little ones a cup of cold water because they are my followers will truly get their reward.” (Matthew 10:42 NCV)

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Acts of Kindness

   I have a friend named Jon, who I follow on Twitter. Jon is always sharing links. He doesn’t always provide commentary on these links, so I am not sure of why he shares them sometimes, except that he find some interest in them.  Well, I try to find a time each week for follow these and he has directed me to some very interesting sites.  I am not sure how much work he gets done during the day, but it does help me in my own research!

Anyway, yesterday he posted something about a site call  Neat-O-Rama.  I only spent a few minutes checking it out, but I stumbled upon this arcticle:

Acts of kindness spread surprisingly easily: just a few people can make a difference

ScienceDaily (2010-03-10) — For all those dismayed by scenes of looting in disaster-struck zones, whether Haiti or Chile or elsewhere, take heart: good acts — acts of kindness, generosity and cooperation — spread just as easily as bad. And it takes only a handful of individuals to really make a difference. … > read full article

Very interesting.  This arcticle describes a study that shows how contagious acts of kindness can be.  Especially interesting to me is the chart they added.  In the study the following was noted:

When people benefit from kindness they “pay it forward” by helping others who were not originally involved, and this creates a cascade of cooperation that influences dozens more in a social network.

Hm, this sounds awfully familiar to me….

24Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others. 1 Corinthians 10:24 (New International Version)

16And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16 (New International Version)

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31 (New International Version)

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10 (New International Version)

Interesting.  So this Christ fellow, must have know the impacts this can have on people, and  today you now know that these verses have been proven by science to work.

So, let me start:

  • Ray – Happy Birthday Man!  I will buy you lunch when I get back in town.
  • Jon – thanks for sharing these great stories!

How about you? Get out today, show acts of kindness and watch it spread like wild fire.