As a church community so far this 2022 year we have focused on the gifts of discipleship—Live, Hear, Strive, Serve, Proclaim—and have written on paper hearts the evidence we see around us of God’s enduring love for us. This month of March and the season of Lent, the Evangelism committee would like to suggest flipping the practice of “give up something for Lent” to “doing something— random acts of kindness”.
Set your own goal for how often and what single activity or multiple changing activities you might choose. Maybe better manners when driving, writing spontaneous notes (texts?) of encouragement, noticing a need and then helping without being asked, listening to that friend or family member even when you are tired or busy. Take a moment or two and ask God to help you see the opportunities for spreading kindness around you. Then make a plan. “Let us not become weary in doing good...” (Galatians 6:9 NRSV)
Can you remember your last random act of kindness? Hopefully, it was just in the last few weeks. Were you more polite in traffic situations? Did you help out that neighbor who you noticed needed help? Have you contacted that person who needs to hear a kind word or just have some time to talk? During this time of Lent instead of giving up something personal, share yourself with others by doing random acts of kindness — “for you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.” I Peter 2:3