Nothing in this world is in vain; whether good/bad something useful can always be derived from it. Also, whatever we do in life affects us and others positively or negatively either directly or indirectly. There are many things that pays off greatly in life. Today, we will center our discussion on the act of kindness. Kindness, that’s the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate is one of the virtues in life that pays real good.
It is true that being kind to someone doesn’t necessarily mean that they will return the favor. Some may even not appreciate your act of kindness. But let me also mention the truth that being kind to others always pays off. It may not be direct as expected but it will surely work out something good for you. There is a Chinese proverb that says, “A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses.” Helping a friend in need, donating to support a sick person, giving a helping hand to others, showing care to friend and all other kind gestures you can think off, whether little or huge are surely great source of blessings.
Several years gone by, there lived a man whose life was very miserable and pitiful. He was totally relegated to the background with a zero hope of changing his situation. In fact, though human, he didn’t consider himself as such. He was lame and had no recognition. But due to a simple act of kindness exhibited by his father to others, it became a lifting hand that delivered him from his misery. The man I’m talking about is Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan.[i] As you know, when growing up, we mostly ride on the connections of our parents. If your parents contributed significantly to others and your society, it serves as a feather in your cap to enjoy some privileges. It helps you to go to certain places or positions with less stress. The act of kindness of our parents or even friends can really pave wonderful ways for us.
Mephibosheth benefited from his father’s act of kindness to David. Let’s ask ourselves, what act of kindness are we doing today that will likely pave ways for our children or friends? The ultimate Book entreats us not to withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in our power to help them.[ii] Brethren, if you’re in the capacity to help others, don’t hesitate to offer your assistance or kind act. Don’t limit your thinking to only now or to the “wonder city” of whether the person will return your act of kindness or not. Instead see every act of kindness as an investment that will definitely pay off in multiple folds.
Showing kindness to others is an act that should be highly encouraged because you may never know who or when your act of kindness will be rewarded. No-one knows tomorrow, but one thing is certain, your act of kindness is never in vain; it will by all means bear fruits tomorrow.
God loves you and always want the best for you.
[i] 2 Samuel 9:1 – 10
[ii] Psalm 3:27