The Power Of Small Acts of Kindness


Many years ago, I spoke at the baptism of a man whose wife had been a member of my church for many years.  In my remarks, I emotionally recounted and thanked her for being kind enough to bring me soup many times while I was serving as Bishop. Somehow she had found out that I liked a good soup and knowing that I would not have time to go home between meetings and interviews, she, on numerous occasions, brought homemade soup to my office.  I have never forgotten her small gesture of kindness, and I said to her that day, “It is the little things that make a difference!”

Sometimes we are in a position to do “big” things and affect the lives of many. But most of the time, we serve by doing small things that can have a profound influence on “just the one”. This past May was my birthday. I was touched by a sister whom I regularly visit, who called and left a message on my voice mail. She thanked me for visiting her, and then wished me a “Happy Birthday”. Everyone thinks a “man” doesn’t care about such things, but they are wrong. Somehow, the “little” things seem to linger!

Many people have served me over the years, some by making great sacrifices. Their great acts of kindness will never be forgotten! But sometimes, we might not have the means, time, or opportunity to give others great bouquets of flowers or fancy meals. However, “little acts” of kindness can be just as powerful.  Single flowers, when placed together over time, can make for a beautiful and unforgettable arrangement!

So, what is the worth of a single bowl of soup to a busy church leader?  Well, I can testify that the taste of the soup has long since left my mouth, but the memory of a caring sister still lingers in my heart going on thirty years!

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