In the USA today is also Random Acts of Kindness day and according to the UN Monday is World Day of Social Justice. Both days when people “do” things for others. But if you want you can extend this beyond just one day. During Lent you can take part in a programme known as “40 acts of generosity”. Apparently last year over 100,000 people pledged to take part in this programme.
Each day you pledge to make someone else’s day just that bit better and nicer by doing something unexpected for them. This could be as simple as smiling at a stranger, offering someone a lift or picking the phone up to actually ring and speak to a friend you’ve not spoken to in a while. There is also the option to go much bigger by joining or setting up a litter pick where you live to pledging to not buy any new clothes for a year, or washing some graffiti off a local wall.
But why should it take a special annual day or Lent for us to be kinder to others? Jesus sat at the well and then asked for a drink of water when the Samaritan woman came along, he then offered her Living water as a swap; he turned water into wine when the wine ran out at the wedding; he let the children come to him after a busy day and even when he was on the cross he cared for both his mother, asking John to look after her, and giving hope to the man next to him.
Maybe in this coming week we can all try to smile more at people we meet or hold open a door for someone, give up a seat on the metro for someone else, slip a bar of chocolate in someone’s bag or tell someone how much you appreciate them. (Or as it is National Chip week buy or make a friend or stranger a bag of chips!) I’m sure you can think of many different ideas
As Random Acts of Kindness day comes and goes let’s try to make each day a day of Random Kindness, and maybe you can the share how you have been blessed on Social Media through these simple, small acts.