Our grandson Skylar is visiting from Austin, TX and this morning he got up early and decided to watch a DVD. He selected Evan Almighty out of our limited collection of movies. I caught bits and pieces of it as I was getting ready but the one moment in the movie that caught my attention was the explanation of the term “ark” as an acronym. It was described as one “act of random kindness.” Two quick stories I will share with you.
Today I had lunch with a friend and church member. We talked about the growing incivility in modern American culture. We are quickly losing the ability to treat one another with respect and dignity. Simple gestures like holding the door open for a stranger, saying thank you to servers, or (God forbid) letting someone cut in front of you in heavy traffic are rarely witnessed anymore. Actually the laundry list is much more lengthy but I think you get the general idea. How can we reverse the trend? Is it possible or are we too far gone?
Second story comes from some other friends who are members of a church I previously served at. They are currently in southern California because ealier this week the wife donated a kidney to her brother. I understand the family connection and bond because there is only two of them and how that can be a powerful motivator but just think about the gift she gave him. A vital organ. She didn’t have to; could have easily thought about her own health needs and said “no” even thought it would have been an eventual death sentence for her brother. Instead she said “yes” long before her brother said “yes.”
Now back to Evan Almighty – whether our acts of kindness are random or well thought out events, we have the grand opportunity to put someone elses needs ahead of our own. There are ample chances for us to daily “love our neighbor as we love ourselves.” Unfortunately most of our time and lives is consumed with the love of ourselves. The root of the problem is the love of ourselves. The solution to the problem is to practice the love of others as much as or more than we practice the love of ourselves.
What do you think? Please feel free to join the conversation by posting your comments.
Blessings for the journey!