How’s Your Heart?

How’s Your Heart?

During this past holiday season, I learned of a gentleman known as “Secret Santa.”  He is a businessman who travels to different parts of the US every year during the holidays and passes out hundred-dollar bills to random strangers as he senses a need.  During the 2018 season, he travelled to Phoenix, AZ, and enlisted the assistance of a local homeless man. He gave the homeless man around $3000 in hundred-dollar bills and told him to go bless people.  This homeless man went to a sidewalk in town and attempted to start conversations with people walking down the sidewalk. In the beginning, people were hesitant to speak to him and walked past him just like he was invisible.  As people interacted with him, he would give them one of the hundred-dollar bills.  This guy would end up giving to a lady with 5 children who wasn’t going to be able to provide gifts for her children, a gentleman who had 7 children who weren’t going to have gifts for Christmas and putting happiness in the day of a couple thousand people who stopped to talk to him on the street.  During an interview he told a reporter, “Today we changed a lot of people’s lives, but I believe my life was changed the most.” 

“Kindness is a bridge between all people. If you’re ever down and want to lift yourself up, go do something kind for somebody.”  -Secret Santa

In Acts 20:35, we read that it is more blessed to give than to receive.  So many times, our first thought is, “I want to give but I don’t have anything to give.  I don’t have money or things to give away.” Rest assured, giving is not about the size of the gift, it’s about the kindness in your heart. Matthew 25:35-40 says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

There are many videos going around social media that show people giving money to a homeless person and the homeless person goes to the store and buys food and clothing to give to his homeless friends. It’s about kindness in the heart.

Let’s go back to our original thought, “I want to give but I don’t have anything to give.” I want to challenge you to look in your heart and open it up for God to show you opportunities to express kindness to others.  As it was with the homeless man in Phoenix, it may be challenging at first. You may have to step out of your comfort zone. Keep pressing! God is with you all the way.

You may never know how your random act of kindness affects others. But you will surely know how that act of kindness changes you and energizes you to do another and another and another and another … for the rest of your life.

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Kim Rider

Kim is the Director of Operations at Lead Like Jesus. She comes to the Lead Like Jesus team with nearly two decades of management and IT experience, including network support, project management, and department director roles. She also enjoys communications, and writes as a hobby.  She received her dual Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration from Piedmont College in Demorest, GA.

Kim and her husband live in Northeast Georgia with their two children and grandson.  She enjoys playing golf, running, and hiking in the North Georgia mountains.