For the past several years a television station in Atlanta, Georgia, has encouraged “Random Acts of Kindness” throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. This month, Georgia’s governor has taken up the cause, and established a day promoting “Random Acts of Kindness” throughout the entire state of Georgia.
A local high school has a community service requirement and each student must perform at least ten hours annually. While this is a formal policy of community service, for some time any student applying for universities and colleges, to be considered, must include on the application some form of community service activity.
There is root to these crys for “Random Acts of Kindness” and the promotion of activities that are of service within our communities. It is within the Law of G-d.
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.”
One word comes to my mind to sum up proper actions toward others, our “neighbors,” is considerate. Defined, it means: marked by or given to careful consideration, circumspect; and, thoughtful of the rights and feelings of others. To be considerate, we must put ourselves in the shoes of people around us. To do this, we must empathize with them. We must be sensitive to others’ needs.
But [There seems to always be a but. . . for thought stimulation] Is it possible to take this too far? Does being considerate entail being tolerant? If so, how far do we take it?
Let us consider. (Selah)
Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .