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Random Acts?

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I’ve noticed a popular philosophy being promoted today on bumper stickers and billboards. Even some television news broadcasts include segments highlighting community do-gooders who practice “random acts of kindness.” But how random are they?

It seems like every time I get on a plane, I’m seated next to someone who doesn’t know the Savior. A kind word, a listening ear, may lead to a conversation about peace and hope. A couple of years ago, on the eve of Mother’s Day, I was sitting on a jumbo jet, in the middle seat in the center of the plane. With 350 people on board, we were crammed in like sardines. I actually prayed, Lord, please don’t let anyone sit next to me this time. But God had a better idea.

A young woman sat down beside me, obviously distraught. Tears streamed down her face. Immediately, I asked her if there was anything I could do to help. Shaking her head, she whispered to me that she had just learned her mother had died.

I put my arm around the woman, and she sobbed on my shoulder. In a “twist of fate,” I learned that she was from my home town and lived near my family. By the end of the four-hour flight, I had shared about the hope of eternal life through Jesus, had given her the name of my brother’s church and had prayed with her. As we parted, she hugged me, and I believed that it was more than a random chance that I was able to show kindness.

God provides a multitude of opportunities to perform acts of kindness every day. The apostle Paul said, “And pray . . . that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ.” (Col. 4:3). Have you prayed for your random act of kindness today?

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