Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

Unusual Kindness

Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Acts 28: 1-2

There is a recent article in Inc.com “Mark Cuban, Jeff Bezos, and Science Agree: Kind, Generous, and Thoughtful People Are Just as Likely to Succeed as Assertive jerks =People with selfish, combative, and manipulative personalities.”

And another report of an Uber driver stranded on I95 in Virginia with a teenage passenger; the driver goes to extreme lengths to find a hotel room for the teen and gets her safely delivered back to her parents.

And we hear often in social media about “paying forward” and “acts of random kindness”.

Paul and his companions were shown random kindness (above and beyond) not because they were important, rich, red, or blue. It was because they were in danger of shipwreck, and it was the right thing to do. It is what God calls us to do.

How many times do we stop from providing extraordinary kindness, because we’re too tired, don’t want to bud in, or we won’t want to come across as ‘stranger danger’? Phooey! Scatter some unusual kindness today. When you do, you’ll make someone’s day – and yours!

Father, as I encounter people today, help me remember the example of the islanders in Malta and show others unusual kindness done in Your name. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Jill Maclay