What if you were the answer to someone else’s prayer?
What if your act of kindness was exactly what the other person needed?
So many of us including myself go through our day with our minds focused on our to do list and our problems. I think we miss opportunities in front of us when we are completely self-focused. What if we turned our focus more onto others? Imagine for a minute what our world would be like.
What do you see?
I see a stranger helping a young, sleep-deprived mom load her groceries in her car as her baby is crying and the mom is ready to break into tears herself.
I see a friend carrying a meal to her neighbor’s home. Their family recently lost their father to cancer and each day is an emotional and financial struggle.
I see a young child bringing a smile to a lonely, elderly women living in an assisted care facility. He is carrying a basket and delivering treats to each room.
These are all small ways to show love and kindness to others. They only require taking our eyes off of our own struggles and asking God to show us how we can help others.
God has shaped you with special gifts that He wants to use to bring joy and kindness to others. Some of you have the gifts of words of encouragement. Others have the gift of cooking or baking that He wants you to bless others with. Perhaps you have the gift of organization or leadership, God wants to use you to impact others. Everyone has their unique gift they can offer to someone else. I pray we will daily ask God to show us who.
Show us who needs our words of encouragement.
Show us who needs a listening ear.
Show us who needs our unique gifts that God has given us to support them in their time of need.
Sometimes God asks us to do bold, large things but sometimes God asks us to do simple, small things that are big for the person we are helping.
It is natural to think that it has to be these big grand acts of generosity and love. I want to encourage you to never underestimate how impactful our smalls acts of kindness and love are for the person who receives them. I recently heard this quote, “Kindness is like water coloring. Even the smallest drop of paint in the water turns the whole thing colorful.” I just love this image.
I truly believe God uses ordinary people like you and me to carry out his plans. My hope is that we will be open to God’s promptings as He shows us who He wants us to help. Then in our own special God-given way, we will let out a drop of our unique gift and brighten that person’s day with love and kindness. Who knows, you just might be their answer to prayer.
God, I pray you give us eyes to see whom you have put in our path today that we can show your love. Please change our focus so we can see others in need and be their answer to prayer. God, we ask that you show us who needs our acts of kindness as we walk through our day. In Jesus Name, Amen.