Tuesday, October 13, 2009

A.R.K. (Act of Random Kindness)

I have heard that this acronym stands for Acts of Random Kindness after watching the movie “Evan Senior Couple on Computer - VerticalAlmighty.” It was a simple revelation of a very old biblical story made relevant by a Hollywood movie. It is something that I have seen with a very significant value for myself. Although the real story of Noah’s ark is not about an act of random kindness but of judgment of humanity’s utter depravity of sin as described in Genesis 6: 5-8 “The Lord saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. 7 So the Lord said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth — men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air — for I am grieved that I have made them." 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (NIV)

Keep in mind that Noah found grace with God and this was the reason why he was saved together with his family, all eight of them with his sons and daughter-in-laws. Bearing in mind that kindness is an act of grace. Being kind is to be gracious that extends beyond our capability and comfort. It is what Jesus mentioned as doing the extra mile for another person that asks.

Kindness is a character that God has when He sent His one and only Son Jesus to die for our sins. It was a deliberate act of selflessness towards those that are otherwise hostile. God’s kindness is evident as Jesus spoke of it that God gives rain to both believers and unbelievers alike. Isn’t this something to consider about God’s kindness?

One might say, “But He is God, that’s why He can do it!” This statement might be a true but we need to remember that we are also capable of kindness in having it also. Just notice how we take care of others  especially our own family and loved ones. We go the extra and many more miles to do what is necessary to provide them the best that we can above and beyond our ability. When it comes to our family’s concerns, it is not just acts of random kindness but intentional kindness because of love and care. Need I say more?

I found a story of a British statesman and financier Cecil Rhodes, whose fortune was used to endow the world-famous Rhodes Scholarships, was a stickler for correct dress--but apparently not at the expense of someone else's feelings. A young man invited to dine with Rhodes arrived by train and had to go directly to Rhodes's home in his travel-stained clothes. Once there he was appalled to find the other guests already assembled, wearing full evening dress. After what seemed a long time Rhodes appeared, in a shabby old blue suit. Later the young man learned that his host had been dressed in evening clothes, but put on the old suit when he heard of his young guest's dilemma.

It should not matter what status of life anyone has to show kindness to those in need as seen in the above example. A simple sensitivity to those in need will trigger this important character in all of us. Stirring it up is a must for everyone to make another person’s life wonderful. It has a mutual effect and it is a great feeling to have after each act.

How do we apply kindness on a regular basis and not just acts of random kindness? Let us follow the Scripture’s admonition clearly stated in Col 3:12 “Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (NIV) In doing so, the whole atmosphere of where you are and the person around you will change by a character already embedded within you as it is released naturally and supernaturally with God’s help. Therefore, never lose an opportunity to show God’s character in every moment possible for your family and strangers alike. Let others experience kindness as we received kindness from others as well!

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