Day 6 – Your last random act of kindness.
I’ve never really thought about random acts of kindness. I like the general idea, but I’ve never thought: “I think I’ll do a random act of kindness today!” I don’t want to do something nice because I decided to. My goal is to be led by the Holy Spirit so that I am kind to others as an outflow of that.
One of the quotes I mentioned as one of my favorites on Day 2 of this challenge is this: “Spread love wherever you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” (Mother Teresa) I don’t want just randomly do kind things, I want to be the girl – the woman – who spreads love wherever she goes. I don’t want anyone to come to me without leaving happier. Most importantly, I want others to see Jesus in me. I want to spread love and joy, I want to do kind things, for His glory.
Mother Teresa is famous the world around for her lifestyle of giving up her all for the sake of the poor, needy and helpless. She was willing to give up earthly possessions so she might give to others. Her words in this short quote really speak to me.
I so often jump to judge someone for their actions, their choices or even the way they look or dress. The Lord has been convicting me of this. He has opened my eyes to the fact that as soon as I pass judgment on someone, I am less able to see them as He sees them. It becomes so much more difficult to look on them with love when I am thinking very un-Christlike things about them.
I begin to forget what I know to be true: each person is a unique individual, a masterpiece created by God for a purpose that often only He can see. (See Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:13-18; Ephesians 1:3-12; Ephesians 2:4-10) If I look at someone with love, I see that so clearly. However, if I look at a person with judgment, I can no longer see the beauty of his or her life.
My goal in life is to selflessly love every person that my Heavenly Father places in my path. I don’t want to waste time judging; I want to love them in spite of their imperfections.
My prayer is that our eyes will be opened to the beauty of each life. May we love without reserve, knowing that our God is love, and that He freely gives of Himself to us. May we remember this: “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
How have you seen Mother Teresa’s statement to be true in your life? Leave a comment and let me know!