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The Uncommon Kindness Update


We hear about them all the time: Random Acts of Kindness. 

They’re uncommon. A blessing tossed into the fray of our sometimes stormy seasons. And when they land — so softly, so sweetly and seemingly for no reason — when they fall upon us, it’s like a kiss from heaven.

I wrote about it at The GROVE today, the first time someone paid for my latte in the coffee drive-thru. That was maybe six months back? And of all days — of any one morning in this coffee-obsessed writer’s life — it happened AGAIN today.

It’s not earth-shattering, right? It’s a $5 latte. But to me, it was. Someone paid my debt. Handed over unearned grace. Bestowed uncommon kindness, and paid for me. By the time I came through the line they were gone. But the grace remained. It’s a reminder that goodness is out there. That God uses people to bless. To be His hands, and voice, and uncommon kindness in our days.

It’s a snapshot of love and I’m overwhelmed in it today.

If you’re out there, reading this, wondering if God really cares about YOU and you need something uncommon today, I hope this is it. I hope that a $5 latte reminds us all that life is so much more than we can see. It’s a mess of jumbled moments, whispered prayers, cups of coffee and opportunities to pick each other up and walk together through this life.

The first (6) people to comment on this blog post will receive a signed copy of one of my books.

I’m not advertising this as a giveaway. I don’t have a lot to give right now, but this is something that’s on my home office shelf. Right next to me. And maybe it’s a small blessing that’s just sitting there, waiting to be uncommon. If you’re one of the (6), please leave your email address and I’ll contact you to get your kindness in the mail.

#UncommonKindness — Please pay it forward… Keep the uncommon going until it’s “uncommon” no more.

Because His LOVE is uncommon,


31 thoughts on “The Uncommon Kindness Update

  1. I know I’m not in the top six, but thank you Kristy for this post. I’ve really been feeling forgotten lately. I lost my nanny job in June and haven’t found anything yet. I keep getting calls for something promising but then they cancel at the last minute. I’m on full disability so I can’t do much or work long hours, but taking care of a kiddo or two for a few hrs a day is perfect. So I’ve been at home not working, unable to afford anything other than the necessary, but I do have a Starbucks card w/ some money on it so rather than me getting my frappuccino paid for (because my debt has been paid and I’ve definitely been shown grace more than I could ever deserve) I’ll get the girl behind me, because she may need the blessing more than me, as she may be in worse shape than I am. Besides, thinking of someone other than myself is more rewarding and makes me feel much less worthless and forgotten. Thank you again, Kristy, for blessing me with this post!

    1. What a comment. And the season of waiting, or transition, or wondering “what if?” that you’re going through… I feel strongly that I have to tell you (from a very similar place. Please believe me in this.) that He has NOT forgotten you, sweet sister. You’re not lost. Not wandering. In fact, I believe He has a perfect hold on this – both in the timing of a new job role for you and in the sphere of influence (people, kiddos etc.) He has for you to serve and love on. It’s so, so difficult to see the miles upon miles of a plan he’s worked out when we’re in the valley instead of on the mountaintop. So if I can encourage you at all, my friend, know that He has a plan for you. (Jeremiah 29:11) He won’t leave you. (Joshua 1:9) And He asks that we not be so afraid of what’s to come that we take our eyes off Him. (Acts 18:9-10) Praying for you, and SO blessed that you stopped by. As my best friend always says: “Shoulders back. Chin up. Eyes locked.” Keep your heart locked on Jesus. 😉

    1. My dear Kathleen – there was one person’s comment in queue before yours! I wish I had an extra to give away right now. 😦 Still sending hugs, and plan to offer more on the blog soon. This was just one of those spur-of-the-moment things today. But I am so very glad you’re here and we’ve known each other in cyber space for a few years now! Hugs!!

  2. I love this post! Thanks so much for sharing! Random acts of kindness don’t have to be huge. They can be as simple as paying for someone’s drink or just writing an encouraging letter. I remember when I was a senior in college, my roommate and I were at Disney World and a random couple insisted on paying for our lunch

      1. Yay!!! Thank you so much Kristy! Haha yeah. It’s definitely a memory that will never go away. It was at a German restaurant at Epcot where they sit you with at least another party or two. The waitress was just about to hand us our bill and we were getting ready to pay when the couple insisted on paying for us. They said that they remembered what it was like to be college students and they were fellow Christians. It was also really cool because the waitress witnessed it and couldn’t believe that they were people we had just met. 🙂

      2. WOW! And that German restaurant – The Biergarten – is our FAVORITE restaurant whenever we go to Disney! (I used to go for work once a year and took the family.) What a small world it is! 😉 Hugs

  3. I was at McDonald’s drive thus getting cup of coffee and person in from of me paid for my order. Made me feel so good so I paid it forward to person behind me.

  4. Love this post. It is a shame that a random act of kindness do feel like a shock to our system any more. A couple of months ago I was sitting in a chick-fil-a drive thru and saw one of the employees walking people to their car with an umbrella. It was a nasty storm with hail, lightening, and rain and this poor guy was getting soaked, but each time he had a huge smile on his face. It is the little amounts of effort that often can make the biggest ripple. Thanks for the reminder!

  5. Random acts of kindness can be something as simple as putting a product cents off coupon by that product in the grocery store. I’ve seen that done and I’ve done it as well. Our Bible study class spent an afternoon taking groceries to the cars of the customers and loading them into their cars.

  6. I’ll definitely be posting this everywhere!: #UncommonKindness — Please pay it forward… Keep the uncommon going until it’s “uncommon” no more.

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