“Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the need of others.” -Barbara Bush
It is what I love about our Acts of Kindness Adventures. I love that it takes me out of my territory and my petty worries and opens my eyes to see the true needs of others.
I am moving away from calling them “Random Acts of Kindness” even though there is a random element to them. What I have seen over and over is that there is much more of a plan than we know. When we step out and make ourselves available to do whatever needs to be done, God can do anything and use anybody! I have received enough feedback and have seen enough divine appointments to see that He graciously allows us to be a part of His plan. This is what gives me such joy!
One of our carloads had visited a variety of places around town before they happened upon their ‘assignment’ last Saturday. Because it was such a cold morning, each vehicle had 2 gallons of hot chocolate to give away. For this particular carload, they had difficulty meeting people who were interested in taking their hot chocolate. A bit discouraged, they stopped at Walmart to put quarters in the kiddie machines and rides and tape a coupon for a free dvd to the movie machine. As they left, they noticed the large construction crew working next door on the lot of our much anticipated new Olive Garden. They decided to stop there to see if anyone wanted hot chocolate. It was unanimous! Working outside on such a cold morning, everyone was grateful for the offer that would take the chill off. Our team struck up a conversation with them and knew right then that they were the ones whose day they were to brighten. They decided to use the cash that they had been given to buy as many hamburgers for the crew as possible at a nearby Burger King. The crew was pleasantly surprised when our crew returned to the construction site with 20 hamburgers and the foreman called them in with a whistle!
So, who surrounds you on your way through life? Are there children who need a hug, or grown-ups who need some attention? Are there elderly in care homes or construction workers out in the elements? Is there anything that we have that they could use? If you think of something, can I encourage you? Freely we have received, freely, let’s give!
Stepping Out of Familiar Territory With You,