Romantic comedies are by far my favorite movie genre.
Think about it: you’ve got a handsome guy and the beautiful girl, each searching for their one true love (or avoiding it entirely).
Throw in a quirky best friend, a few jokes and a stellar soundtrack, and it’s the go-to genre for your next movie night!
And the best part about any great romantic comedy?
The random romantic gestures.
Or, as they’re also called, “random acts of kindness.”
Think Harry coming over to comfort a heartbroken Sally in When Harry Met Sally, or Noah putting together a candlelight dinner for Allie at the nursing home in The Notebook, or Andrew filling Melanie’s apartment with dozens and dozens of flowers before her fashion show debut in Sweet Home Alabama (although the line “there's a rose for every moment I thought of you last night” is cute, we’re obviously rooting for Jake the whole time).
These are the “aww” moments, if you will.
And they’re the reasons why we watch these movies.
For me, it’s these random acts that encompass the very best, most true meaning of what love really is. What it really looks like.
The Bible says it best: love is patient. Love is kind. Love is not jealous, love does not boast. Love is not proud. Love is not self-centered. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love always rejoices in the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.
It’s not self-centered. It’s not conditional in any way. It’s not seeking to gain something in the process.
It’s a love exemplified in the actions of the characters listed above.
A love first (and best) exemplified to us when Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins.
So, because random acts of kindness are by no means limited to our romantic relationships, below are a list of five ways to show great agape love (and spread a little more Jesus) in your everyday life!
#1 Gift small presents to those who might need a day-brightener.
I like to bring McDonald’s Diet Cokes to my Mom after a long day, or design a cupcake for my best friend after a grueling Calc exam. These gifts don’t cost a lot of money, but it’s definitely the thought that counts.
#2 Pay it forward.
Buy the person behind you in line their Starbucks drink. Offer to pay for the next car’s order in the drive-thru at Chick-Fil-A. Or buy a drink for the “Pay It Forward Board” at a Cup of Common Wealth. Whatever it is, the randomness won’t go unnoticed.
Never underestimate the power of a smile. Enough said.
#4 Call that one person you haven’t talked to in forever.
Maybe it’s your mom. Or your best friend from high school. Possibly a roommate with whom you’ve just had a huge fight. Whoever it is, talk to them. Call/text/Facetime/Skype them. Whatever the method, I promise you won’t regret it.
I know. It sounds like something you do all the time, but I’d argue that it’s actually something a lot of people miss. Listen, even when it’s hard. Even when you have a million other things to do. Or, even when you just don’t want to. It’ll be appreciated more than you know.
Though these examples may seem small and inconsequential, in doing so, we are reflecting God’s love for us.
The same love that is patient, kind and never jealous will shine through, bringing the light of Jesus to the world around us.
After all, “we love because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19).
And while romantic comedies are always appreciated, the real world -- you, me, our friends and families, and even perfect strangers -- could always, always use a little more agape love.