I don’t know if you have seen the commercials on television which show people doing just "small acts" of kindness for others, but for me it is a heart warming reminder of what can be done.
There is the story of a ten-year-old young man in Wisconsin that several years ago wanted to give presents to children with cancer. He asked his parents to help him get started and ended up giving three gifts that year. The word spread and this year he has collected several hundred gifts to share with others.
There are many, many stories of those who have been inspired to reach out in just a small way to give to others in need that have blossomed into an entire widespread project. "Small acts" of kindness often kindle a spark in others that results into a full blown event. We might have an idea of sharing something, yet all too often we shove the idea aside because we feel it is just too small to really matter. Unless we are willing to share that idea and start the process, we will never know what difference it might make in the lives of others.
Just the very fact of the multiple opportunities we are afforded each day should make us consider what else we might be able to do. As I have said several times before, for a community of our size, I believe we are an above average giving group of people. Yet I’m certain there is more that each of us can do.
Sometimes we think of actual gifts as the only way we might give. Yet our time, our talents, our ideas, and our personal abilities are just as valuable. Maybe even more so. Words of love and hope, kindness and encouragement can do more to uplift than we might realize. Just a phone call to someone who is lonely might brighten their day.
We may never know how our "small acts" may change someone’s life. During this time of year at Christmas, we seem to think more along the lines of giving. Yet there is an entire year ahead of us that we have the privilege of using our "small acts" to bless others. Don’t quench your ideas as too small.
Remember in the Bible the woman with only two coins to give as an offering? Or the woman who only had enough oil and cake for one more meal for herself and her son? God used both of those examples of how others were blessed because of their faithfulness in giving. What "small act" can you perform?