The other day, someone on Facebook mentioned that her professor thought that people, by default are mean. That “random acts of kindness” are the exception, not the rule. I disagree with that statement. I believe that we, people, are fashioned in God’s image. God is love. God is light. God is kindness. Everything God does is an “act of kindness” (although not at all random.) I do, however believe that there are things in this world that cause people to veer away from His image. It’s been happening for thousands of years, since the fall of man.
I would suggest that there are more random acts of kindness happening every day than people realize.
How many times has someone smiled on you as they passed on the street? How many times did you smile back because happiness is contagious. Once you smiled, did you feel better than you did before you smiled? Probably. BAM! That smile, that random act of kindness, just gave you a boost.
Have you ever held a door open for someone else? Whether it was someone older, pregnant, or someone who just needed an assist. Did you plan it? Did you wake up in the morning thinking, “I’m going to open the door for people today?” Likely not. More likely is that you saw someone who needed assistance, so you did. BAM! Random act of kindness.
Yes, our days are filled with random acts of kindness, both small and large, with each act being a display of the love and kindness that resides in all of us. While a lot of media coverage has been given to the police officer who bought a homeless man a pair of shoes, I would like to share a couple of videos of some kids who embody “kindness.” Before watching either of these videos, make sure you have a box of Kleenex.
Meet Jared Stevens. Jared has cerebal palsy, with the physical capacity of a six-month-old. This is his very first wrestling match. His opponent is Justin Kievit. Before the match begins, Jared’s coach helps him to the mat. Once the match begins, Justin demonstrates kindness, love, and sportsmanship by maneuvering under Jared’s arm so he can be pinned. Jared wins the match.
It’s Field Day at Colonial Hills Elementary School, and Matt, who has Spastic Cerebral Palsy, decides to run during the event. As Matt runs laps, students who have already finished the race join him around the course, cheering clapping, and encouraging.
Seeing these kids do such loving acts brings tears to my eyes. Not just because of the sportsmanship and goodwill they are showing, but because they are a symbol. They are a symbol of how we, as people, can be. They are a symbol of our potential to be godly, loving, and humble people. Imagine if each and every one of us showed the same kindness and caring every day, all day. Then, maybe then, we would achieve heaven on earth.
Have you experienced a random act of kindness? Share it in the comments below!
Photo Credit: S. Buchan