As we come to the first Friday in Lent, it’s a good time to reflect on the pass two days and look forward to the days ahead. If you made an attempt and you ran into some difficulty, that’s ok. This is a personal experience; you know what derailed you and you can get back on track.
So many people do not like the self denial in giving up the things that they love and enjoy so they have found an alternative; they do acts of kindness. It’s wonderful to commit to do something for someone everyday during Lent. It takes commitment and thought. It’s easy to do one act of kindness for one day during the season or even to commit to one act of kindness per week but 40 acts of kindness in less than 50 days is amazing.
It’s easy to show kindness when you have a large bank account; when you can pay for things and the money is not an issue. Those acts are greatly appreciated by the recipients. These individuals have the opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of others especially when they pay for medical treatment and items to make a stressful situation more manageable.
But I’m happy that kindness is not limited to those with money. There is a place for even the smallest act of kindness. If you know parents with small children who are overwhelmed with all the activities, you can cut their grass; it would be one less task that they have to do. If you have elderly neighbors, you can cook a meal.
There are so many things that you can do. Don’t join the challenge because your church is doing it. If you want to participate in the kindness challenge, do it from your heart. Let you kindness be an act of worship unto God. The Apostle Paul said in Galatians 6:9-10 CEB, “Let’s not get tired of doing good, because in time we’ll have a harvest if we don’t give up. So then, let’s work for the good of all whenever we have an opportunity, and especially for those in the household of faith.”
So let’s cultivate the habit of kindness from the heart during Lent and allow those actions to become part of our daily lives. I know someone whose life is a testimony that you can make showing kindness your lifestyle. I’m amazed at how giving she is. If you are hungry, she will feed you; if you are naked she would clothe you. She is a wonderful example of giving from the heart.
Thought for Today: Friend, when you give, give from your heart.
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.