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Acts Of Kindness

“Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters. And they came and drew water, and they filled the troughs to water their father’s flock. Then the shepherds came and drove them away; but Moses stood up and helped them, and watered their flock.” Exodus 2:16-17

We’ve all seen the car pulled over on the side of the road with someone hunched over one of the tires working to get it changed to the spare. Or perhaps it’s not the tire. Maybe it’s something else and the hoods up and they’re looking helplessly down into their engine praying that whatever has just happened isn’t going to cost too much to repair.

Then again it might not be a delayed or stranded motorist; it might be a friend, a church member, or a neighbor, overwhelmed by the demands of keeping up their home or some other part of their life. There’re so many details to keep track of, and take care of, and when you combine all of those things with all the other demands of life there’s just not enough hours in the day.

And what do we do? Most times we say something sympathetic, list a few of details from our own life, and then leave them to sort their problems out on their own.

Moses wasn’t a man to just let a problem, even someone else’s problem, go untended to. True the first time scripture records him getting involved in someone else’s problem he over did things and had to run for his life but this time his actions are more appropriate to the situation and things go much better.

In fact, they go so well that he ends up getting a new home, a wife and a family because of the introduction his act of kindness provided.

We never know what our simple acts of kindness and helpfulness will lead to.

When I was a student at Andrews University a middle aged couple came to visit the campus and were aimlessly wandering around seeing what they could see. Several times students and staff, interrupted their purposeful journeys across campus to ask if they could help the couple.

It turns out that the couple wasn’t merely curious in their wandering. They’d been visiting several Adventist universities trying to decide which one they would make a substantial investment in. The spontaneous courtesy of the students and staff were the deciding factor in their deciding to invest their money in Andrews University.

Once again I’ll say it, “We never know what our simple acts of kindness and helpfulness will lead to.”

Here’s the thing. Nearly everyday we come to God asking him to bless our lives in some way or another. Maybe some of those blessings come to us by way of our being willing to interrupt our lives so that we can bless someone else’s.

Regardless, numerous examples in scripture, and life, give evidence to the wisdom of living the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

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