Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Every day the laundry pile crept higher and higher. The house slowly became dirtier. It was not because she was not trying. She was! Each day she worked to tackle those items in addition to her day to day. Taking care of the children, cooking meals, cleaning up after the pets, working a job. But, in the eyes of some, she was failing. Yet, her best effort was being given. Taking care of a family was so much harder than just caring for herself. The house structure had its own issues. A couple of the large windows leaked. The wind blew so hard outside, gusts of dirt entered the home every time the door was opened. And then, something wonderful happened! Someone came and did all of the laundry for her! Load after load he washed. Maybe not because he wanted to, at the time, but because it would be a blessing. And, the kitchen was cleaned. Those two acts, by two very thoughtful people, made all the difference in her world during that season!

You see, acts of kindness such as those are truly loving deeds! It is NOT going into a person’s home and commenting to her about how dirty or cluttered it is. It is NOT saying “no” when she trusts you enough to risk embarrassment and (most likely as a last resort) asks for help. It is NOT calling her “lazy” or a “bad wife”. It is NOT, not talking to her in depth to maybe find the root of the issue. Why is her home so disorderly and some of her chores so neglected? Maybe her child has an illness or disability you do not know about. Perhaps someone is (or a few people are) abusing her. Perchance she, herself, has an illness or disability. It may be she is struggling with fibromyalgia, arthritis, depression, anxiety, or a condition that keeps her from getting proper rest at night leaving her exhausted. There could be a great number of reasons (NOT excuses) she is falling behind in some areas.

I do not know why but this was pressed heavily on my heart, today, and I felt compelled to write about it. The two individuals in the top paragraph did help someone by cleaning “her” kitchen and doing “her” mound of laundry. It was the greatest gift they ever could have given at that time. And, they did not even let “her” know it was them who did it! They did not do it for recognition, appreciation, or to get something in return. They did not do it begrudgingly. They did it out of the pure goodness of their heart!
3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,4so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. (Matthew 6:3-4. ESV.)
It was a random act of kindness and changed “her” life.
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