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Message from Neighborhood Church: Little kindness big impact

Luke 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

As we are having a blast up here at Hume Lake Christian Camps, we as the Neighborhood Church Youth Ministry went up to a location on the lake called ‘the cove.’ It was a fun time swimming in the lake and enjoying time as a youth group. One of our Jr. High students was not feeling so well. He was sitting in my chair and trying to soak it all in, yet was not having the energy to jump in. Well, along comes Athan. Athan noticed this kid sitting down and went over and started up a conversation. They were talking about the lake and time up at Hume. Athan then asked this kid if he would join him to put their feet in the lake and maybe skip rocks. The kid thought that would be great and the two had fun wading around in the lake and, yes, skipping rocks. Athan’s little act of kindness had a huge impact on that other student. I saw Athan later that day as he was walking down the road. I affirmed his act of kindness and he said, “I just did what I would have liked someone to do for me if I was not feeling all that great.” I thought wow! Athan has it. Actually, a major part of the teaching of all Scripture comes down to actions like what Athan did. Jesus put it this way:

Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

To love our neighbor is to be kind. It does not have to some big production but can be little acts of kindness here and there. Kindness can be as simple as saying hi or a smile. Kindness can be doing a favor or helping in some way. Kindness can be noticing when someone needs a little attention and striking up a conversation. Kindness can be a small gift or an appropriate affirmation. Kindness can be inviting someone to share a moment with you and maybe even skip some rocks with them. These little acts of kindness can have a huge impact. See, God really cares about us Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 8:37-39, Zephaniah 3:17 and many times He encourages us to reach out in kindness to another so they can experience the big impact of God’s love.

I believe God wants to use each of us to seek out and intentionally do little acts of kindness to show off God’s love. These little acts of kindness make a BIG impact. See, as part of our purpose on this earth is share and show the great love of God. Much of the time that is through little acts of kindness. What could you do today?

I was challenged by my friend Athan. Maybe you will be too.

Seeking to share the love of God through little acts of kindness along with you,

Mike