During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.

Random Acts of Kindness

Chuck and Marilyn Mraz

Marilyn Mraz – Lay Leader

There are many ways to show repentance and one of those ways is to show random acts of Kindness to others and to yourself.

What is a random act of kindness?  According to Wikipedia, A random act of kindness is a non-premeditated, inconsistent action designed to offer kindness toward the outside world.

What would it look like if you choose to do Random Acts of Kindness for Lent this year and continue it throughout the year? Think what it would look like if 100 or 500 or 1,000 of us in Peachtree Corners did random acts of kindness?  I personally think it would look pretty darn good.  Here’s a few suggestions but you know what your comfort level is.

Apologize to Someone – Lent is a perfect time to ask for forgiveness if you have hurt someone.  Ephesians 4:32: Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

Serve Someone in Need – We have many opportunities right here at Simpsonwood that will allow you, alone or as a family, to volunteer to serve others. Ephesians 4:2 – Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

Write a Letter of Encouragement – At some time or another we all need encouragement and it would be so wonderful to open an envelope from a friend and inside find the “treasurer” of encouraging words.  1 Thessalonians 5:11: Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Take a Day to Not Complain About a Thing – We are all guilty of complaining and sometimes we don’t even realize it.  Take just one day and be very cognizant of what you are saying.  For each time you start to complain, thank God to all good your life is and what you have. Psalm 107:8-9: Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

Serve at a Homeless Shelter – God wants us to help others that aren’t as fortunate as we are.  Helping at a homeless shelter is not only an act of kindness it is showing us God’s love for each of us. Proverbs 28:27: Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.

Be Kind To Yourself – When I say you need to love yourself, it’s not meant to be in a prideful way but in a way of being thankful, and appreciating the person who God has made in you.  Proverbs 19:8: To acquire wisdom is to love oneself; people who cherish understanding will prosper.

Prayer: Dear God, help me show kindness to others. Amen