December 5

Written by Bill Grandi on December 5th, 2019

My title for this devotion is Kindness vs Own World.

I read a story today in Our Daily Bread of the kindness of a stranger.  A mother of two boarded a plane. The 3 y/o began kicking and crying and her 4 month old need to eat. A traveler seated next to her offered to hold the baby while she got the 3 y/o buckled in and then proceeded to color with the 3 y/o while mom fed the baby. On the connecting flight he offered his help again if needed. (For the full devotion please check out the link).

Some will say, “That’s creepy.” I would answer, “Why? Just because our culture is so wrapped up in the #MeToo issue?” While it’s true there are shady people, don’t you think it’s somewhat sad that we have gotten to this point that all acts of kindness are suspect?

We often hear and are encouraged to do Random Acts of Kindness. Why not do them? Philippians 2 tells us to “have this mind (attitude) which was also in Christ Jesus, that He did not consider equality with God something to be grasped.”  The coming of Jesus was not just an act of love, and of a willingness to become a servant. It was also a great act of kindness, an act of the kindness of God.

Kindness involves getting out of our world and getting into the world of another.  Kindness means a baby in a manger. Kindness means caring. Kindness means coloring with a 3 y/o while you may have something else to do. Kindness is a meal. A note. A thoughtful gesture. Not just at Christmas time but all year. Do random acts for others.

“Father, you came out of your world to come to earth as a baby.  You came into my world. Help me to follow your example by sharing and being kind.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. This a great reminder, Bill. I’m from Long Island NY – my whole life exept for these past 2 years that I am now in NC. I cannot tell you how many random acts of hugs I have gotten from total strangers. NY friends think I’m out of my mind to allow this. It’s how people are down here. It does my soul good.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I can’t even begin to tell you Diane who out of place I would be in NY. That lifestyle, that crowdedness is not for me.

  2. floyd says:

    Yes. What we do for the least of these we do for Him. Good Word, brother. That’s the heart of our Savior and should be 365 days a year.