Intentional Serving

If you look up on Google “Random Acts of Kindness” you come upon thousands of websites with ideas and testimonies about people doing great things around the world. Some are amazing stories of big acts and others are simple and wonderful from the heart. However, there is something wrong with this statement that I have learned. Why is it that in order to be kind...it has to be random? What if instead of forcing people to go and do something nice for somebody, we were actually intentional about it? To one person they may have been random, because I was a stranger, but to myself, it was being intentional, it was about being Jesus. As I was grabbing my morning coffee as I normally do before work, I noticed a woman with a large order and a small child and she was trying to juggle everything. Instead of sitting there with everyone else waiting, I jumped up and helped her walk everything out to her car and even had a good conversation with her while doing so. When we walked back inside she was astound that someone had come over to help her...it blew my mind. This is what our world has become. No my random act wasn’t some over the top, changing the world type of kindness, but to that one person, it was. She kept thanking me over and over again, she thought it was such a huge deal, when in reality it was one of the simplest things I could do for someone. It was pretty busy that morning as well and to see the looks on some peoples faces of confusion and uncertainty of what was going on was saddening. People were kind of taken back that somebody would actually start a conversation with someone and help someone out instead of looking straight at their phone and mind their own business. I keep wondering though if maybe something happened later. Did the lady that I help, go on to do something for someone else? Did the people in the shop go on to do something nice for someone? I guess it’s one of those things you will just never know. I don’t want to be random about my kindness I can show to people. I want to be intentional. Jesus was the most intentional person that has ever walked this earth. None of his kindness was random, He truly wanted to help people and love on people. Could you image if we could possess that kind of power? Well, truthfully it would probably turn into something horrible because….as humans we are selfish. I don’t want to serve because it glorifies me or others, I want to serve to glorify Him. I have always loved this idea of living intentionally and I want to start challenging myself more by created weekly challenges to go and be intentional. Whether it be writing someone a letter each day that has had a big influence on my life or simply even starting a five minute conversation with a customer at work. The world isn’t going to change by itself, we have to go out and change it and be willing to get shot down and turned away but know that somebody out there is being blessed, and that could make all the difference. We are called to serve, we are called to be the body of Christ, that isn’t random, that’s a choice. And there is the ultimatum, do we choose to live a life for Jesus or for ourselves? Two choices. One decision. Go.

Matthew 6 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

“Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.