Tuesday January 10, 2017 Favor

At this she bowed down with her face to the ground.  She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me, a foreigner?”  Ruth 2:10

The story of Ruth has always been one of my favorites, a simple woman who stayed with her mother in law after both their husbands died.  In those days, widows were not looked after by the government but left to fend for themselves.  Ruth could have returned home to her parents but she decided to stay with Naomi and help her survive.  Their lives were past difficult.  Ruth was forced to gleaning fields which meant she was grubbing through the countryside picking up grain after the harvest.  A dirty and difficult job.  When Boaz made an effort to help her, she uttered this verse as she bowed low.

The kindness of Boaz may have been totally altruistic or it may have been that he saw a pretty girl and was attracted to her.  No matter the reason, he made things happen and Ruth and Naomi benefited.  Ruth’s dedication and willingness to sacrifice herself for someone else did not go unnoticed.  Favor sometimes follows grace under fire.

It is rumored that the phrase “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of ‘beauty’” was scribbled on a placemat in a restaurant in 1982 by writer Anne Herbert.  It has since been popularized through film and literature and really become a part of our culture.  If each person would practice a random act of kindness every day, what would our world look like?  To create more Ruth and Boaz type people who bestow favor on others with no expectation of return would be a world changer!  Each of us has the power to do a random act of kindness, no one will know except God.  I could choose no one else as scorekeeper in this game of life!

Lord, thank You for the example of Ruth and the stories that inspire me each day of those who show favor to someone less fortunate.  Help me to see the opportunities to serve and to seize them with a joyful heart. 

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