Have you ever heard of Luke Cameron? He was the young man in Cheltenham who spent 2014 doing a good deed every day in tribute to a friend who had died of cancer. An Act of Random Kindness (courtesy of the ARK in Evan Almighty). In that year he was able to bless over 365 people - a lot more actually as on the last day he handed out a £5 note to 73 random people. What a wonderful thing to do!
Matthew 25: 35-40 says "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you.' The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me".
Now Lent in fast approaching (18th). Traditionally people give something up for Lent - chocolate, alcohol, TV to name but a few. Now not meaning to be difficult, I always try to take something ON for Lent. Last year it was cleaning (much to Tim's delight) - 15 minutes every day. Now that was a hardship! Now if you happen to be wondering what to do this year, may I suggest that you take on doing an Act of Random Kindness every day, for the 40 days of Lent!
It can be as simple as smiling and saying good morning when you hold the door open for someone, taking your neighbours bin in after collection or not crossing the road when you see people on Sheep Street with clipboards (make a bee-line for them!). If you are feeling flush, come to our Cafe and buy the person next to you their coffee. Help an old man across the road (but please check first that they want to go!).
If we can approach every day with Jesus' heart then those people that cross our paths will be truly blessed and so will we. It is amazing how surprised people can be to be shown kindness. But it is infectious. And with so many nasty bugs around, wouldn't it be nice to spread a positive one instead?