You know the tradition- every year we all decide on a couple of things to give up for lent, in order to improve our self-control, as well as cutting out a few unhealthy habits! Like last year, giving up doner kebabs was pretty good.
We thought about doing the same again but decided that we wanted to do something a bit different this year than just laying off the crisps for 40 days.
Here’s the twist:
This lent, starting Wednesday 13th, rather than choosing to give up we’re inviting you to TAKE UP a new act of kindness every day for 40 days. This could be anything from giving up your queuing spot for someone to having your neighbours over for a meal. Whatever we end up doing we’re hoping that it might just make us a little less focused on ourselves and a little more focused on others.
“If we serve Jesus then every act & thought has meaning. Acts of kindness aren’t just niceties, they become acts of worship..” – John Wimber
I reckon this is spot on- worship doesn’t finish when the music stops and our singing ends; if we truly want to give our everything for God then our worship should encompass every aspect of our lives, meaning that our words mean nothing without our ACTIONS accompanying them. Worship and justice go hand in hand, and our hope is that in doing these small things, God would grow in all of us a servant heart and that we’ll all connect with His own heart for justice.
As an added bonus these actions should be pretty fun to take part in. It’ll be great to do something together as a community and share with each other how we get on. If you have other friends who are looking for something to do for lent then get them involved, the more the merrier- it’s much easier to step out in our acts when we’re doing it together!
We’ll have a new action up for you to have a go at each day on our twitter page so keep a lookout for a daily random act of kindness, and then tweet us back about how you’ve found it or how it may have challenged or inspired you. The idea is simple and the actions we take may not change the world, but they can change us, and together we can challenge the attitude of living for ourselves and continue to look outward.