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There is this amazing trend going around YouTube and Facebook at the moment called RAKnomations. A person films themselves doing Random Acts of Kindness and then nominates/challenges someone else to do the same within 24 hours. It’s fantastic – it inspires people to DO good things. But I have to be honest, something about it also makes me sad. The world is full of people ‘doing good’ in front of a camera for all the world to see… and every time I see it, I am reminded of this: But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:3-4) I’ve often wondered why God asks this of us. Why not make it known so that he can have the glory, we ask. Well, let’s think about it… in the version where our ‘good deeds’ are made public, who benefits? Of course, the person we do something for will benefit but we also benefit. I wonder if we would bother to do those Random Acts of Kindness if no one ever saw what we had done. In a world where affirmation has become an essential human need, I think we often do these things to fill our own need, more than the need of the other. And I wonder, would we feel as though we had successfully helped someone if no one patted us on the back? Is that how we measure things now? True selflessness requires that we receive no recognition, no praise, no accolades – except those the Father gives us. I’m not saying stop the RAKnominations – on the contrary, continue to inspire people to do good. But I urge you, don’t let it stop with a nomination. Don’t let it stop when the cameras are off. Do good simply because the Father asks you to do good and let him alone be the witness of your kindness.

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