The Power of a Random Act of Kindness

The Power of a Random Act of Kindness


I have seen this heartwarming and inspirational video bouncing around social media recently that is actually a commercial for a life insurance company in Thailand. At the end of the video we are given three simple words that seem so foreign in todays world and those are: Believe in Good.

It is hard to “believe in good” these days. We live in a world where violence, negativity, horror seem to be burying the good in this world alive. We hear of shootings in Texas, bombings in Gaza, and terrorism in the news. Believing in Good is not visible to us. Where is the good to believe in?

Then we find ourselves watching a random Thai life insurance commercial on Facebook, and we find that hope in humanity, that there is still good in the world. (Suddenly, I have the urge to go buy Thai life insurance…they got me). This video reminds us of something we forget. We forget about the power of the simple act of kindness.

A random act of kindness is the opportunity for “good” to dust off its shoulders and hold strong against evil. It is the opportunity for us to come together with others, to become a witness of happiness, to feel the love, to create a more beautiful world together. It starts with us, and as we see in the video, this person is an example to that. He is an example to us of how to “love thy neighbor as thyself” as we are taught in the New Testament.

The video asks, what do we get in return? Well, the video is right. We get nothing in this life, but that is not our focus as Orthodox Christians. Our focus is living a life on this Earth that can point us in the right direction to an Eternal Life with God.

Please share with us other stories that you might have seen or heard of, or maybe even experienced! We would love to share them!


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Sampson Kasapakis

Sampson Kasapakis is a recent graduate of the Masters of Divinity Program at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He currently works at the Orthodox Christian Network as the Parish Relations Coordinator and at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church Fort Lauderdale, FL as the Youth Director.