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Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16

Simple Acts of Kindness

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Galatians 6:(1-6), 7-16

Simple Acts of Kindness

By Lois Parker Edstrom

You may have heard about, or experienced yourself, a simple act of kindness. These are things people choose to do to care for others. Most often no one knows who is responsible for these kind acts. They are done privately.

Simple acts of kindness are often carried out by adults, but kids are also good at surprising someone with an unexpected kind act. Let me give you some examples of what kids have done and then perhaps you will have more ideas to share.

I know a little girl who rolls down a paper towel after she washes and dries her hands in a public restroom. The paper is ready for the next person to use. It is a small thing, but a thoughtful, kind act.

Another little girl likes to leave bouquets of flowers on the porch of her elderly neighbors.

I saw a child assist an older person who was having trouble opening the heavy door of a department store.

In another act of kindness a little boy asked a fellow student, who was new to his school, to sit with him during lunch time. The two became good friends.

No one told the kids to do these things. They are thoughtful kids who find ways to make others smile.

We can always look for kind things to do to make others feel special. The Bible encourages us to “not be weary in doing good” (6:9) and the Bible also says, “So then, as we have opportunity, let’s do what is good toward all men…” (6:10).

It is easy and perhaps natural to think of ourselves and what we want, but it is God’s love at work when we think of others and how we can make their lives a little better. Never grow tired of showing kindness to others. You will be amazed at how your life will blossom and grow!

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Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan