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We can look at our lives and the world we live in and wonder how we can do or say anything that will make a difference. Many people say, “When I win lotto, I’ll help the poor, or give such and such some money”, or“someday when I’m really successful or have my life sorted out I’ll do lots of things for others.”

But what about the acts of kindness you can do right now? Perhaps our plan to do great things at some later date interferes with the opportunity and chance to do the little things, the little acts of kindness right now so we do nothing at all!

Our acts of kindness may seem insignificant compared to the millions of dollars a big corporation can give, but God doesn’t ask us to be concerned about that. He simply says, “Love your neighbour , love those around you. (Matthew 22:39) Show kindness and compassion.

We may not be able to do great things all the time, but if we all did little acts of kindness, how much brighter would our world be?

What a difference we can make in the lives of the people who live next door, or across the street and all the other people we meet each day. Some people go through their day not hearing a kind word, never receiving a smile or any encouragement. They live life wondering if anyone even cares.

So yes, your smile, kind words and actions do matter. They matter to the person at the cashier, the people you pass on the street, the mum who is struggling with her shopping, the neighbour who you bring the bin in for. Your acts of kindness matter to God and it matters to those who you bestow kindness upon.

We may not think we can change the world or make a difference. But little acts of kindness do, because “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; but together we can do great things.” (Mother Teresa)

Instead of focusing on what we can’t do, let’s focus on the difference we can make and practice acts of kindness. For if we did one act of kindness every day of the year we’d touch and change 365 lives!

Prayer: Lord show me where to give kindness today. Remind me during the day to do a little act of kindness, whether it is simply to the people in my own home, or to those I work with or see during my day. Help me to make a difference in someone’s life today. In Jesus name Amen