Ruth fell at his feet and thanked him warmly. “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.” “Yes, I know,” Boaz replied. “But I also know about everything you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband. I have heard how you left your father and mother and your own land to live here among complete strangers. May the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge, reward you fully for what you have done.”
Ruth 2:10-12 NLT
Everything I do has an effect, some good, some bad. Being kind and loving to someone may or may not have the greatest effect, but it certainly has the best effect. For a start, it has the intended effect of helping or pleasing that person, but it also has the added effect upon me. Just as in Ruth’s case, there will come a time when I will benefit, not from my actions, but because of them, either from man or from God. Being kind is never wasted!