1) A member of our congregation was at an elementary school book fair. Most of the kids seemed to be able to purchase their own books, but one little boy didn't have any money. After talking with the teacher and finding out that the little boy was indeed financially disadvantaged, she helped the boy choose a book, then paid for it.
2) In her words, here's another great story. Last week my husband and I were at Target and were at the check out line. We observed a young frazzled woman in front of us trying to pay for her goods. She had 4 young children with her who were busy rearranging the candy bars in the check out lane. One of the young boys (approx. 7 yrs old) had a dollar bill out and wanted to buy a candy bar. His mom seemed preoccupied and didn't notice her son wanted the candy. She left the checkout and headed towards the exit with all children in tow except for the one holding the dollar bill. He was trying feverishly to pay for his candy but wasn't fast enough. His mom called out to him (in not such a nice manner) and the boy ran towards his mom without the candy. The cashier wasn't sure what to do because she had the dollar bill but didn't get to ring up his candy bar. I took the dollar from the cashier and gave it back to the boy. I tried to explain to the mom what her son was trying to do but she thought he was stealing. I tried to explain he wasn't stealing and I had his dollar to prove it. I asked the mom to please let her son have the candy bar because I paid for it. It didn't seem like a big deal at the time until I got in the car with my husband. He praised me for this selfless act. I didn't think much of it but then I remembered the smile on the boy's face.
There are so many great outcomes here:
1) a couple happy little boys and
2) a couple great acts of kindness that cost little, but showed caring to many people
3) at least 2 people who experienced once again that it is better to give than to receive
You see, our witness doesn't require us to stand on street corners and spout Bible verses, or even to blatantly announce that we're doing things in the name of Christ. We're called to plant seeds. Who knows what might happen in the future as a result of these "small" favors.
I'd love to hear and publish more examples. We don't have to be restricted to doing things like these only in "Random Acts of Kindness Week". Get out there and be deliberate! Share your stories with us, so we can encourage others to be intentional about Deliberate Acts of Kindness!