Grandparent with a Purpose
Last night I was visiting with a missionary from Ukraine and she was telling us that in their children’s program they are teaching the children to do random acts of kindness. It reminded me of when it was popular to do random acts of kindness a few years ago. The thought came to me that it would be a good idea to encourage our grandchildren to do random acts of kindness and have them report the act of kindness to us. Wikipedia states, “A random act of kindness is a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual.”
We read in Ephesians 4:32, “Be kind and compassionate to one another.” Being kind is being caring, gentle, thoughtful, considerate, sympathetic, compassionate, and nice to others. When we do acts of kindness without an identifiable plan, we are doing it randomly.
My nine-year old granddaughter was visiting us yesterday and I challenged her to do some random acts of kindness and report back to us when she returns.
Let’s challenge our grandchildren to be kind and compassionate to their family members, classmates, friends, and others. They are growing up in a self-centered environment, which encourages them to think only of ones self. However, let’s encourage them to do random acts of kindness to let God’s love flow through them to others without having to tell them.
Lord, I pray that you will give me wisdom how I can encourage
my dear grandchildren to do random acts of kindness
to their siblings, playmates, classmates and families.
In Jesus’ name.
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National Prayer Coordinator
Lillian Ann Penner is the author of Grandparenting with a Purpose: Effective Ways to Pray for your Grandchildren, speaker, National Prayer Coordinator for Christian Grandparenting Network, directing the Grandparents@Prayer groups. She and her husband, John, have been married over 50 years and currently reside in Portland, OR. They have three married sons and nine grandchildren, who are the love of their life.
Lillian has been active in church ministry for over 50 years, led a mentoring ministry for women, participated in short term mission’s trip in Ukraine, and volunteered with several Christian ministries. Currently, she is involved in the leadership of a women’s Bible study and the 55+ group in her church. She blogs on several websites, as well as her own on (www.grandparentingwithapurpose.com).