Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38
The seeds of good deeds become a tree of life; a wise person wins friends. Proverbs 11:30
The worrier is so worried about the future and what is going to happen to them, they don’t think about others like they should. The warrior on the other hand, is aware of his/her surroundings and thinks of his fellow warriors on the battlefield. This in military terms is called situation awareness. A friend of mine is very good at small acts of kindness. She has crafted it into an art. Her schedule is so crammed, but she will take time to say something encouraging or do something for her friends. Her small kind actions can make you feel like she did something very big for you. My Pastor always says that if you can take 15 minutes out of your day to do something kind for someone and be willing to be inconvenienced, you will be someone’s angel. It’s very true. The above verse in Luke is words in red, which means Jesus spoke these words. When we give we will receive something back as a reward. The reward is more of what you already gave. In fact it usually means your cup will be running over into your lap as the scripture says. Small acts of kindness can be bigger than what you think and so the reward will be more. The best way to unconditionally love someone is to let you actions speak louder than your words.
There are three aspects to being a warrior with situational awareness. The first thing you need is vision. See the need. What does someone need that you can give, or provide? As the Proverbs, quote points out the seeds of good deeds are the needs we can give to our fellow warriors. Having our fellow warrior’s back is the best way to help them deal with issues that they may be facing in life. My friend is going through some personal hell herself, but she still is there doing small acts of kindness when she could be solely thinking about her own concern, but yet she doesn’t let that keep her from the small acts of kindness.
The next trait is to give the need. If your fellow warrior is running low on something that they need then you can give it to them to help them on the battlefield of life. It may be just an encouraging word. It may be a small text to say I am thinking about you or praying for you. The point I am trying to make here is that even though it might be a small thing, it could very well be a big thing to someone. What’s cool also is that if you think that small thing you did was small, that’s humility. God loves a humble heart. The attitude here is to assume that you might not make an impact. People can get hung up on wanting to make an impact, and then all kinds of drama arises when they don’t see it happen. Being available to give the need is what’s important. This goes into the next trait.
The final trait is work as a team. Being aware of the situation, then being available to give the need go into this last aspect. Teamwork is not a selfish thing. Being a team means, we help each other on the battlefield, which happens when you do the first two aspects. Part of a team is being there for one another even though your teammate might not be there for you. This is any relationship you may have; unconditional love means you are not doing this thing for something in return. God’s glory should be your motivation, not your glory. When someone helps us on the battlefield, we should pass on that help to someone else who may not be able to repay us. The Proverbs verse says we become a tree of life. We are the branches of the tree of life, if we are to bear fruit it has to be done with no conditions. Where would we be if Jesus put conditions on His love? Small acts of kindness are kind of addicting. When they happen to us, our gratitude should take us to the next step of passing it on to someone else. Just like the Starbuck’s story where one person decided to buy the person behind them in line at the drive-through their order. The next person did the same. This went on for hours. That customer line was filled with warriors not worriers. Once it hit a worrier, it would stop. A small act of kindness can become a big act as it’s past on with the team mentality.
See the need, give the need, and pass on the need to someone else when you are blessed. That is what a warrior does. He/she can make a large impact by doing just a small act of kindness. Blessed is the man that looks for creative ways to share unconditional love. It’s true, we get more favor from God when we live this way. Be aware of your surroundings, use situational awareness and look for creative ways to be kind. Trust me when you do this as the Proverb says, “A wise person wins friends.”
© [David Howard], [David’s Body Temple], 2011-2015.