It’s amazing what a small act of kindness can do to change the outcome of someone’s
day. Watch how something as simple as a high-five puts a smile on people’s faces and
changes their disposition. As you watch the video, look at the people who aren’t getting
the high-fives…you can actually see them longing for the simple little pick-me-up as
they ride by. Check it out:
Galatians 6:10 tells us: Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people,
especially those those who belong to the family of believers.”
I wonder how many high-five opportunities you and I pass up as we go about our
routines each day? How many times does God give us a chance to influence some one
else’s day but we’re just ‘too busy’ or ‘too preoccupied’ or ‘too selfish’ to notice? I know
I’ve missed opportunities and when I’ve been made aware by God or by others, it hurts
to know I passed up a chance to “do good to all people”.
On the flip side, it is an awesome feeling to change the outcome of a person’s day by a
simple act of kindness. A few years ago while touring in DC, I got up early one morning
and headed out by myself to meet an old friend. I popped into Subway and grabbed a
breakfast sub and started my seven-block march to the underground train. En route, I
passed a lone homeless man, sitting on a sidewalk smack-dab in the middle of a block.
He looked a little dazed and as I passed him (we were on opposite sides of the street), I
glanced over and realized he was probably hungry.
God put it on my heart and I had no choice — I walked up to the corner, crossed the
street and then headed back towards this man. We chatted for a few minutes, and then
I cut my breakfast sandwich in half and shared my beloved egg, ham, cheese and extra
bacon sub with him. He was grateful. And so was I.
As I toured with my friend for the next six hours, I just kept smiling to myself, thankful
that I had done such a simple act to help someone. I had expected it to change his
day — and I hope it did — but I hadn’t realized what a change it would make on my day.
What simple act could you perform today, as you “do good to all people”? It doesn’t take
much, but I can assure you it will change the day for two people.
Joe is married to Traci, and they have 4 beautiful children. He is the founder of Overboard Ministries, and author of Project Joseph. Read his blog.