JUST FOR TODAY I WILL EXERCISE MY SOUL IN
THREE WAYS: I WILL DO SOMEBODY A GOOD TURN,
AND NOT GET FOUND OUT; IF ANYONE KNOWS OF
IT, IT WILL NOT COUNT. I WILL DO AT LEAST TWO
THINGS I DON’T WANT TO DO – JUST FOR
EXERCISE. I WILL NOT SHOW ANYONE THAT MY
FEELINGS ARE HURT; THEY MAY BE HURT, BUT
TODAY I WILL NOT SHOW IT.
A selfless act of kindness or compassion to help another even if it means endangering your own life is called altruism. Heroic acts of bravery to save others or help others, with no thought of ourselves is something we believe to be rare. Apparently, the majority of people think other people are selfish. This is often the perception of the ruthless, rich and powerful. This, however, is not in fact entirely true. According to Abigail Marsh, the psychologist, statistics show the world is getting better and as the lives of people improve they are reaching out to make the world a better place for others. In her recent Ted Talk she shares some incredible insights into the gift of kindness we have for strangers.
One such story that supports this worldview highlights a famous Indian businessman, Ranjit Katyal the hero in the film Airlift. Ranjit is a fictional character, who embodied a handful of powerful businessmen responsible for securing the safe evacuation of over 100,000 Indian refugees trapped in the Iraq invasion of Kuwait in 1990. These men risked their lives and freely gave their money to see over 100,000 airlifted to safety in what is today known as the world’s largest single humanitarian evacuation. Whatever controversy there is around this story one fact stands out – powerful wealthy men who could have saved themselves and their own families put their lives at risk to help others.
This week my shopping got mixed up at the till with another ladies’ groceries. So she got a packet of Nachos on her bill she was not expecting. I felt it only right to give her the Nachos but she insisted it was not a problem gave me my guilty snack and paid the bill. That was hardly an act of altruism but her effortless kindness kept her in my thoughts and she made it into my blog this week. This reminded me of the woman who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, hair, and perfume. Jesus said her act of kindness (scolded by others) would be remembered for all generations and it is.
Think about doing a spontaneous gesture of kindness today toward a stranger; even something as simple as a smile is a good place to start. You will never know just how much an effortless gesture on your part may mean to someone else. No one has to see your acts of kindness or heroic altruism for them to be recorded by God in eternity for eternity.