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22 July 2009

Indiscriminate act of Kindness

:Not making or based on careful distinctions; unselective; unrestrained or wanton

What a harshly beautiful song from Irish folk-rocker Foy Vance. It's a story that plays out in our cities and even suburbs every day. People loosing hope, in need of someone to intervene and remind them about the "something more" of life that can seem to be shifting shadows. This is spiritual condition issue that spans all economic levels, races, classes, and contexts.

There are real physical people who are the "someone defiled" like in this song. There are teachers who live next door who can't stop the credit card debt and societal expectations from bleeding them dry. There are working Mom's who doesn't know a friendly face to babysit their precious little angels. There are "felt needs" EVERYWHERE. Our kindness needs to be a bit more indiscriminate.

: of a good or benevolent (
intent of the benefit of others rather than personal profit) nature or disposition

The lyrics I love most in this song are:

I was always taught
If you see someone defiled,
You should look them in the eyes and smile,
And take their heart, no better yet
Take them home, home, home."

She awoke early in the morning
Made the bed, gathered up her clothes to leave
Saw the concierge curled on the settee
Said, "What you did for me was hard for me to believe."

"I was just doing what was right.
No one that knows love could leave you out there on such a night.

This is not just someone who was "moved with compassion" because of one person on one night that struck a teary nerve. This was a pre-choosen, indiscriminate act of kindness. Someone who had learned and chosen a response to someone in need... to fill it. It's the default setting.

Meeting the felt needs of people with acts of kindness... opens the door to meet people's most important need. The way the "someone defiled" in this song had her felt needs met the night before was in a way that stole from her "something more". And the following night... she might go back to it again. But on this night, kindness intervened and hope was dispensed. Without God's love... people everywhere are filling their empty spots with in unfulfilling ways. They're searching for "something more". And we have have the chance to point them in that direction.

This is where we, as Christians, can bring the eternal game of Show and Tell into the neighborhoods, the streets, the businesses and the homes in our cities.

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