Real Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness are here to stay, and that’s a good, good thing.

There are movies about them. There are books about them. Just type “random acts of kindness ideas” into Pinterest and you’ll see what I mean!

What’s interesting to me is that the whole RAK movement as been largely secularly based. So many people out there are looking for ways to show love, receive love, and focus on love in their lives… and that’s great.

 

But what they really need is Jesus.

 

These people are yearning for God’s love, and they’re trying to fill the hole with their own actions. They need to know about our Jesus’ completely specific act of love: dying on the cross so they could enter into an eternal relationship with God, Love Himself.

So how do we disciples of Jesus embrace the culture of RAKs? How can we turn these acts of love into pre-witnessing to our non-Christian friends and acquaintances? Or as intentional encouragements for our Brothers and Sisters in Christ?

 

Here are some ideas for you to try:

  • Make them a great dessert and tie on the recipe with a favorite scripture written across the top.
  • Listen for their “favorites,” then give them a related $5 gift card with an “I’ve been praying for you” note attached.
  • Give a struggling friend a framed scripture verse. Pick one you think might speak to him or her, print it out on nice paper, and put it in a wallet-sized frame.
  • Invite your neighbors over to watch a Christian movie (like Mom’s Night Out), or give them the DVD with a bag of microwave popcorn.
  • Leave a new pad of Post-it notes on your colleague’s desk with “Make a note of it: Jesus loves you” (or something slightly less cheesy) written on the top one.
  • Give music lovers a CD of your favorite praise songs. (Oh yes, the “mix tape.”)
  • As spring approaches, give them a packet of flower seeds with a “May you grow closer to Jesus today” note attached.
  • Give a child a small piece of bubble wrap with a “Pop if you love Jesus!” note attached. In fact, include the whole family—who doesn’t love bubble wrap?
  • Send an “I’m thinking of you” email. People feel heard, special, and loved when you remember to follow up on the things they share, like asking about how a doctor’s appointment went or how an in-law visit turned out.

 

Your love can really brighten someone’s day, no matter how small or simple the gesture may be! And small kindnesses can mean so much more than a momentary boost—they can have eternal significance. The next time you’re ready to express some kindness in a loving action, include a Bible verse or scriptural message.

Let’s let God transform our RAKs into real acts of Christ’s love!

 

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Galatians 6:9-10

 

Take the Challenge:  

What’s one Real RAK you can do before the day is out?

And, do you have ideas for eternal RAKs?  I’d love to hear them!

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