On our today’s trek, we want to explore how even the smallest acts of kindness can have a huge impact.
There are times in life when we don’t take action because we feel the act of kindness is too little or that it wouldn’t make a difference. However, sometimes the smallest gesture can make a huge impact on someone’s life.
There are many different ways we can show kindness to others, and it doesn’t have to be in a big way. The simplest of things may make the biggest difference. A smile, a door being held open, a handwritten note, a kind word…The list can go on and on.
I was recently reading some of Aesop’s fables and came across the story of The Lion and The Mouse. While this story has been around for a long time, it still has wisdom in its words. Below is the story.
One day a Lion was asleep when a little Mouse began running up and down his back. This soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him and opened his big jaws to swallow him.
“Please don’t,” cried the little Mouse. “Forgive me this time, I shall never forget it. Who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?”
The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him that he lifted up his paw and let him go.
Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, he pulled with all his might, but the ropes were too strong. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him, and with his sharp little teeth gnawed away the ropes, setting the Lion free
“You once laughed at me,” said the Mouse. You thought I was too little to do you a good turn. But see, you owe your life to a poor little mouse.”
While you may think the story is far-fetched, the point I found in reading the story is not the size of the action that is important, but the difference that a small action made. Small acts of kindness make a difference in ways you may not realize!
Do you have opportunities to give small acts of kindness? Some people might think that they do not have a chance to show another person a small measure of kindness, but these opportunities are everywhere you go through the day. For example, if you ride on a bus, have you ever said good morning to the bus driver, or do you just ignore him or her and proceed to your seat? A simple good morning or good afternoon tells the person that you acknowledge them, and it is even an acknowledgment that can help to brighten a day.
If you drive a car anywhere, do you let someone enter into traffic, or do you just keep driving inching along and ignoring the other driver? Stopping and waving the other driver into traffic ahead of you is a small gesture of kindness that may influence this driver to do the same for someone else later.
When you go to the supermarket or grocery store, do you hold the door open for a young woman pushing her baby in a stroller, or do you just dart ahead through the door without stopping?
When you are at work, do you say good morning to your colleagues, or do you just go about your business without acknowledging their presence?
Or, how about those people you meet on the street that ask for money or who are peddling various goods? Do you ignore them or give them no acknowledgment that they are also human and have feelings?
Proverbs 3:3 instructs us to “Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.”
Also Colossians 3:11-13 encourages us, “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
This week we looked at how our life is like a mouse and that even the smallest acts of kindness are very important both to us and those who are the recipients of our kindness. The lessons that we can learn from each other are valuable, so encourage your friends and family to join us each day on our podcast.