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11 March 2020: Carol Noon, Petersfield Salvation Army

Random Acts of Kindness

The other day someone that I know related an event which had happened to her whilst out in the town.

Ann, not her real name, had just done a bit of shopping and was on her way home when a complete stranger came up to her and gave her a bunch of daffodils. Ann asked the stranger why someone who didn’t know her would give her flowers. The reply was that since the giver’s mother was no longer living she wanted to give a gift to someone in her place.

This random act of kindness gave such joy to the recipient that she was still talking about it days later.

If you look back have there been times when someone has done something nice for you which hadn’t been asked for? Did that act fill you with happiness? Did you then want to do something nice for someone else?

The point of a random act of kindness is that it is totally unexpected.
When we look at the life of Jesus it was full of such acts. Jesus always put the needs of others in front of his own. Healing those who were sick. Helping his friends and strangers alike.

This week I would challenge you to think about performing a random act of kindness. This could be giving a bunch of flowers or box of chocolates to a complete stranger. It might be that you call on a neighbour to ask if they need any shopping done.

I would suggest that not only will you bring a little bit of joy to the recipient but you will also feel pleasure from the giving.

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