Being a Neighbor to a Stranger
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you (Proverbs 3:3)!
This 7 -word command lets us know how vital it is to show kindness in the world with every opportunity we get.
The verse goes on with instructions to tie them [loyalty and kindness] around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.
Another sign that God wants us to take this attribute seriously.
There are no respective persons or prerequisites to showing kindness to others. We should do good to everyone whenever we have the opportunity to do so (Galatians 6:10). We are called to love our neighbors as ourselves (Galatians 5:14), even the ones we haven’t met yet, the strangers among us. What better opportunity to practice this than a national holiday designed for just that?!
In honor of National Random Acts of Kindness Day, Feb 17th, here’s a list of ways you can be a neighbor to a stranger today.
- On your next coffee run, pay for the person’s order behind you in hopes of starting a chain reaction of giving!
- Offer to babysit for a few families at your church, free of charge.
- Start your own garden and donate the produce to your local food bank.
- The next time you go grocery shopping, pay for the person’s bill in front of you.
- Give your next waiter a tip 3X the suggested amount.
- Cook and deliver a meal to a single-parent family in your church.
- Make quarterly donations to cancer research organizations such as St. Jude.
- Leave a $5 bill in the break room with a note that says “lunch money for whoever needs it.”
- Start a volunteer group with a few friends and serve a different nonprofit organization in your local area each month.
- Make an anonymous donation to a local child care facility to sponsor a pizza party for students and school supplies for teachers.
- Buy three fifty dollar gift cards to a grocery superstore and give them to the next 3 homeless people you encounter.
Take this list and apply one by one or make a day of it and complete them all in one sitting. Whatever works best for you, I invite you to consider the power that lies in consistently being kind to one another.
Chassidy Goggins works to enhance and support the needs of organizations and high performers through digital marketing and media communications. She does this because she believes collaboration and innovation, coupled with strategy, are key in propelling people with vision forward. She currently serves as the Media and Marketing Coordinator for the Center of Lifelong Learning and enjoys the space it gives her to combine her faith and professional background to further the Great Commission. Her hobbies include spending time with her family, traveling, writing, searching for bakeries and binge-watching her favorite movies/shows on streaming services she vows to stop paying for.