Thought for the week – Random acts of kindness

Bible reading:
“‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’” (Matthew 25:34-36)

The term ‘Random acts of kindness’ has been around since about 1982 and since then idea captured the imagination of millions; sparking global movements, movies and books. So why has randomly choosing to be kind to strangers caused such a ripple? I think it’s because it taps into something deep within us all, an innate desire to experience joy but also to bring it to others. Scientists will tell us that we are actually hardwired to receive a bigger endorphin rush from doing an act of kindness over being the recipient of one. Jesus during his ministry spent the majority of his time feeding the hungry, healing the sick and caring for those on the edges of society and taught as the verse above describes that these acts are to be seen as though they were being done to God. I wonder, if when Jesus was doing these kind acts he saw the image of God in each person? I wish that we would all see the ‘image of God’ in every person because then, I think unkindness, violence and hostility would end.

Prayer:
Sustaining God, we bring before you whatever is uppermost in our minds this morning… Whatever challenges we face this day in our classes, meetings or conversations – help us to remember that you are always with us, ready and waiting to sustain and refresh us. In the name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.

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