Small Acts of Kindness
- By Wilson Matthews
- Published 08/1/2008
Wilson is the youth leader at International Punjabi Masihi Church in Vancouver, Canada. Everyone loves this radical preacher's passion for Christ and His Church. Wilson helped organize the South Asian Global Convention (SAGC 2004) under the leadership of Pastor Pritam Singh. He is as "hairy-as-a-yak," "spits-like-a-camel," and is a F.A.T. (Faithful, Available, and Teachable) Christian. Wilson, a Malayalee Christian holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Trinity Western University and his mission is to make Scripture relevant to today's generation. Famous quote: "Knock it off!"
" But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness," (Gal 5:22)
It was the small acts of kindness. I love signs and wonders and who doesn't? I love seeing manifestations of the gifts of the Spirit and who wouldn't. We see Christ it them... But I really see Christ in the small acts of kindness people show.
Who can forget the times you were brought to the absolute end of yourself! You couldn't move on and get beyond that point that seemed like no return. It felt lonely, confusing and downright frightening! Where to go and what to do?
It was at the point when you thought you could not have gone any further and had no strength to move on... It was the breaking point. It was all or nothing! Everything counted on that particular moment. You'd win or lose, turn back or keep going, give up or get up! What would be your choice?
Than like a flash of lightning, the answers came. It could've have come in the form of a person who offered encouragement or the friend who offered a listening ear. It could have been the person who poured a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, poured into your lap when you were empty. The blessings came in multitudes that seemed to have no end.
You didn't realize it but you were dying to self. Jesus came in and rescued you and took all the glory for himself. Pride and self died. Jesus was all and in all! It came in the small acts of kindness that really meant the world!
Who can forget those days and these people and the love of God!
"1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
3 He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear
and put their trust in the LORD.
4 Blessed is the man
who makes the LORD his trust,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods. "