“For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’ ” – 1 Kings 17:14 (NIV)
Sweat pours profusely from Donna’s brow as she reaches the little country store in her tiny town. As she is about to step inside the store a homeless man reaches out for her arm.
Frightened, she jumps back. But she relaxes as she studies the look in the man’s eyes.
“Please, a bottle of water” he begged.
Donna reached into her purse for some change. The last bit of change she’d been able to scrape together. She’d spent over an hour searching for it.
“Perhaps a slice of bread, too”, the man said hopefully.
Donna’s heart was breaking for the stranger. Tears filled her eyes and she whispered, “No, I’m sorry. I’m here to buy a final meal for my son and I”. As she pulled the crusty change from her purse, “This my little bit change”, her voice trembled.
“Don’t be afraid,” the homeless man said softly. “Bring me a cup of water and a loaf of bread. Then go feed yourself and your son—for God Himself will provide for you and your son”.
Donna’s act of faith was also an act of love. She gave what she must have thought was the last of her food to Steven, a stranger she hardly knew. She chose to trust that God saw her loving sacrifice and would provide for her.
Acts of kindness can produce an emotional warmth by releasing endorphins into the brain and throughout the body. The hormone oxytocin lowers the blood pressure, thus protects the heart. One can see how just simple acts of kindness can make us physically, emotionally and spirituality healthier. This can makes us Happier as well.
Can you and will you make a commitment to doing a simple act of kindness every day for the next thirty days? Comment below!
God, let me be generous with every resource You’ve entrusted to me. I hold nothing back from Your hand. Everything I have is Yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.