A kind word, a helping hand, a prayer, these are small acts of kindness that can go a long way.
"We've talked about random acts of kindness for years, which is great, but it's a lot about doing. Have a list and do something every day," Becky Keife, author and manager of DaySprings (in)courage explains. "There is definitely an aspect of action, but the simple difference, I believe, begins with seeing more, seeing more of the people in front of you."
Keife says the simple difference isn't about totally changing the course of your life, it's about letting God change you and work through you amid your ordinary days.
"It begins with just getting our eyes off of our screens, getting our biases out of our minds and just seeing that each person is an image-bearer of God that has a unique story and unique struggles and unique gifts," said Keife.
She says when we can get to this point, we can see the countless opportunities for impact right where we are.
"I think it's helpful, looking back on our own lives and thinking about what are the things that have really impacted us. When we see it through that lens, maybe there are some big grand gestures that someone did, something lavish or super generous, but I know for me when I think about how has God used people in my life in a significant way, it's usually through something small. It's through a timely text message when someone reached out with a verse or just that word of encouragement or a follow-up question. I felt seen in those moments."
When the world's problems loom large and your ordinary life stretches you thin, she says it is still possible to be a difference-maker, one small intentional act of kindness at a time.
"Just show up right where you are with exactly what you have and trust that it's God's power that can multiply it and make that impact."
Today on Connections, Becky shares with us how simple it is to make a difference and how one small act of kindness can go a long way.