Think those little random acts go unnoticed? This kindness story may make you think differently. Here’s an excerpt from Pastor Craig’s newest book, Daily Power: 365 Days of Fuel for Your Soul. Used by permission from Zondervan.
“Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” Matthew 5:42
Many years ago, my wife, Amy, bumped into a car that had just started to turn and then stopped. She and the driver both got out and looked, but they didn’t see any real damage. The police came by and said neither was to blame and let them both go on their way since there was no damage.
However, a few days later, the man who had been driving the car called us and said there had been minor damage after all and that fixing it would cost several hundred dollars. We were stunned and didn’t know what to do. On one hand, it seemed unlikely there was any damage done—the police didn’t even file a report. On the other, though, we wanted to do our best to represent Christ for this man and his family. So we paid the money he requested, which was quite a lot for us at the time.
Fast forward seventeen years to a recent moment when Amy and I were coming out of the church. A young woman came up to us, introduced herself, and said, “When I was six years old, you accidentally hit our car. My dad asked for some money to fix our car, and you not only gave it to us but you acted so kindly and were so loving. Our family eventually started coming to your church, and it has been life-changing. So thank you!”
You never know how the way you act today could be used by God to change the lives of others tomorrow.
Power Lift: Lord, today let me plant seeds of kindness wherever I go. Let others see Your love through my attitude and actions.