By Anthony Vandagriff
One of the most humbling experience of my life happened on a much unsuspected evening. I was out on a date at an incredible barbecue restaurant in Ohio. The waitress was hilarious and just down to earth, the food was unbelievable, and of course I was with my fiancé at the time. When the bill came, I opened it to find a note. The note thanked me for the work I was doing with Endtime Ministries, encouraging me to continue, and congratulating me and my fiancé on our engagement. It was signed by a man who my fiancé knew. He, his wife, and son were in the restaurant and we briefly stopped by their table and said hi. He shook my hand and said it was nice to meet me. Little did I know this man whom I had never met would pay for my check.
It’s amazing what an act of kindness can do to someone. In my case, it humbled me. To think someone I didn’t know would pay for my bill because he had seen a video or two that I did. Things like that happen to us as we live our lives but how often do we return those blessings? I recall driving home one day and instead of taking the shortcut I decided to go the longer way. I saw a man stranded and needing a jump. I turned around and helped him out and his gratefulness was very evident. The Bible tells us we should love our neighbor as ourselves; that we should do unto others as we would want them to do to us. Do we honor this instruction? Try to recall your last random act of kindness. If it’s hard to recall, maybe you don’t consider others enough. Now try recalling the last random act of kindness someone did for you. It’s easier to remember that right? Acts of kindness leave such huge impressions on us. Think about how you felt when someone randomly did something kind for you. It’s one of the greatest feelings you’ve probably ever experienced. Why would we not want to give that to others? You want to impact your world and those around you, do something kind to a stranger. I guarantee you will leave a mark on their life and possibly do more for them than you realize. So the next time you see someone in need or have an opportunity to do something kind, don’t pass it up.
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