Friday, December 11, 2015

Kindness, A Christmas Gift Worth Giving

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
                                                                  


Recently, while checking in for an appointment, I heard a voice say, “Aren’t you Ramirez?” Surprised, because who would know me in all of Hollywood and call me by my last name. As I turned around, it took me a second to recognize his face.

    “Oh yes! We were in the sleep apnea class together. How are you?” I asked.
    
     With tears hanging on the edge of his eyes, he began, “Your gesture in class really made an impact on me. When you touched my hand, it meant so much to me. That was the first time anyone had shown me any sympathy.”

At class, this gentleman shared with me—in the last three months, he buried a friend and two brothers. He had a grieving heart. It was obvious.

Simple acts of kindness, can make a difference in someone’s life and I think we neglect to understand it’s far reaching potential.

What did I do? Three simple things.  I . . .
  1. Listened as he shared his recent losses.
  2. Touched his hand to show that I sympathized with his pain.
  3. Acknowledged his grief by simply saying, that must be really hard.
When this man expressed his gratitude—for my act of kindness, I was humbled and glad. I had no idea how much a simple touch could reach deep into a person's soul.
Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” Acts 20:35b.
Giving is not just monetary. Gifts of kindness can come in all sorts of packages. We just need to keep our eyes and ears open for an opportunity to bless another.

Of course, the greatest gift of kindness, mankind has received, is God giving of his Son. Whom he fittingly named Immanuel, God with us.

 

God Showed His Kindness in the Flesh

 

The beginning of this verse, found in Romans 6:25, might be hard to swallow, for some; however, it’s the end of the verse I want to focus on. The scriptures starts with, “For the wages of sin is death . . ..” Although, the children of God can rejoice, as the injunction to the choice of sin is not left there. The verse goes on to say, “ . . . but the GIFT of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord,” [Caps mine for emphasis].

Now we can take a deep breath!

Through God’s kindness, he gave us the present of his presence, by coming to earth. He wrapped himself in the flesh of a babe.

"And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger," Luke 2:12 (NKJV).
"For unto us a child is born, Unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace," Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV).



God’s kindness is a hard act to follow. For no one can give a gift, which saves souls from death, for that's a Divine Miracle. Yet, we can give the gift of kindness that touches the core of others in tangible ways. In doing so, we share the light of our salvation.

We can be mindful of our surroundings, the people and what’s being said. We have opportunities every time we leave our homes—into this big world of hurting and lost people, to touch a life. To give a smile. To give a person our place in line. To give up that supreme parking space. You get the picture.

So this Christmas, not only remember the gift of kindness, which God bestowed upon us through his Messiah, but be intentional in offering your kindness as a gift to others.

And the truth is, you don’t have to look for opportunities. They're usually right there in plain sight. You and I can make all the difference in the life of just one person, so give the gift of kindness this Christmas.

This is what Christmas is all about—Celebrating the eternal gift found through Christ Jesus, because God is a kind God. He did not desire to leave us in a dying and decaying world. Rather, in his loving kindness, he sent Salvation as a gift for all.

William Penn wrote, “I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore there be any kindness I can show...let me do it now.” 
                                                                                                         


MERRY, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

May you be more blessed by giving then receiving







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