I want to know what you think…and a challenge!

I want to know what you think.  I enjoy blogging, but I’d love to know more about you and what you want to read!  I’ve created a little survey that will allow you to let me know your thoughts!  Could you take a few minutes and share some feedback with me?  You’ll find the survey HERE.  Thank you!

So a little over a week ago, I was on the receiving end of a random act of kindness.  Mark and I were out on a date and we decided to go to Fresh Market grocery store.  It’s a high end grocery store with a lot of specialty foods. We didn’t go to buy anything…just to walk around and look and see all that they had.

As we were getting ready to leave, Mark headed to the bathroom.  I sat on a bench near the door waiting for him.  A few minutes later a young woman walked up to me and put a gift card in my hand.  She said a few kind words and turned around and walked out the door.  Before I could even think, she was gone.  I was left feeling kissed by God.

I’ve been on the receiving end of generosity before, but never a random act of kindness. That woman must have been in the checkout line and felt prompted to do something nice.  Most of us dismiss those thoughts when they happen.  But what if we acted on them instead?

Her kindness has challenged me.  I want to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and be obedient. I want to be a blessing to someone who needs a kiss from God.  I want to surprise someone with generosity.  It doesn’t have to cost something, it could just be offering a kind word, or a compliment, or a leaving a note for someone…even a complete stranger!

So would you like to join me?  Want to be the hands and feet of Jesus?  Want to join me in watching for opportunities to love on someone?   I’d love to hear the stories.  I’d also love to hear if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness.

Don’t forget the survey.  You’ll find it HERE!  Thanks so much!

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10 Responses to I want to know what you think…and a challenge!

  1. Jenni says:

    Jill, I love hearing about random acts of kindness, too! Just yesterday, one of our pastors tweeted that the lady in front of them in the drive-thru paid for their coffees.
    I have helped someone in the checkout line with a leftover part of their total, so they wouldn’t have to put something back.
    Also, our music minister asked the entire worship ministry to write individual notes of encouragement to the other pastors on staff, and then he delivered them randomly throughout the month. I know those words encouraged those men! Our music minister is going to receive some kindness and encouragement, too, from me. =)
    I can’t wait to hear what other ladies have seen and done to bless someone’s day. We will never know how much one small thing to us might mean something BIG to someone in need.

  2. Sandi Haustein says:

    One time, in early marriage when we were REALLY tight financially, my husband and I went to a nice, expensive restaurant with a coupon for a buy one, get one free daily special. Only, they were all out of the special and wouldn’t honor the coupon in a different way. We were bummed and a little embarrassed because we only had $10 to spend. We decided to split one entree which is what we typically did anyway. After we were done, the waitress brought out a huge, beautiful piece of red velvet cake and told us she wasn’t supposed to give it to us (I think she felt badly for us, knowing that we couldn’t really afford to be there). Maybe it was good customer service, but to us, we ate like kings that day and got a fancy dessert when we never could have afforded it.

  3. Jen says:

    Love this idea!!! Jenni, awesome ideas. I will be thinking of ways to do this every day.

  4. SageAlum says:

    Just heard this story from a friend – she’d packed up her kids old halloween costumes for consignment a few weeks ago, but the shop didn’t need them. She left them in her husband’s car. He was at work the next day, and overheard a customer who didn’t have money to buy costumes for her kids, so he passed the costumes on to her. Talk about God in action!

  5. SageAlum says:

    I’ve been seeing men hold “Homeless Vet – looking for work, family to feed” type signs at the entrances to the grocery stores lately. I don’t want to be scammed, but it pains me to see them there. So I bought a bunch of 10.00 Subway and Dunkin Donuts cards, and the next time I saw a man with a sign, I said a quick prayer and passed him 2 cards. I had my son with me, and while it was tough to explain why someone could be in such a situation, it was easy to explain that God had called me to help.

  6. Melissa says:

    A few years ago we were at a target with my then 4 and 2yr old girls. There were 2 collage aged girls ahead of me in line with all the fixins for a PMS party (if you catch my drift). Well when they went to pay they were a few $ short and were going to have to put the icecream back! Tragic I know!!! I gave them $5 to cover the icecream and told them enjoy the treat and to pass it on. For my girls, they were confused b/c they weren’t getting the “icecream” that mama bought for strangers. I told them I hope when they are in college and needing something, some one comes by and blesses them:). We are in the St.Paul area and our radio staion KTIS encourages people to do the drive thru difference each month. Where you pay for the car behind you. Last random act story, When I was a freshman I had mono for a month and missed a ton of school. One day a bouquet of flowers arrived at my house. No note and delivery guy said it was an annoymous delivery. 20 yrs later I still remember how I felt getting such a nice gift from a complete stranger.

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