It was the final set in a tennis match. One of the players had demonstrated his strength and skill as his opponent struggled to stay competitive. Suddenly the player who had been doing so well began to hit the ball out of the lines, into the net and even missed the ball. It seemed as though he lost his focus.
His father approached him during a break and asked, “Keller, what’s going on? You were doing so good. Now, you may lose the match and not go to the state finals. What’s going on?” he demanded.
“It’s O.K., Dad. Leave me alone. I know I can win. I’ve been missing the balls on purpose. I don’t want him to feel bad about losing. I want to encourage him.”
Keller did go on to win. But in the process, he not only thought of “doing a kind thing” but showed what kindness “looked like” to someone who was struggling to defeat him and win the match.
Life gives us many opportunities to “do kindness.” In fact, God “makes doing kind things available” to us each day. For example, we can open a door for a senior citizen; or be gracious and express our gratitude to a cashier during the rush hour at a grocery store; give a smile to someone who looks like they need encouragement; give a compliment to one who is guiding us when we place an order on the phone; or take care to explain something that is unfamiliar to us.
“Doing kindness” is one of the most important things we Christians can do. It represents what God’s grace is all about. If an opportunity to “do kindness” appears, seize it!
Prayer: Help us to be alert, Lord, for opportunities to show Your grace through acts of kindness and love. Help us to show a strong contrast when compared to “the wicked” so people turn to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: – In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer. Psalm 109:4