Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Our family is a part of the UMC and while we don’t ‘give up’ anything we do embrace Lent as a time to focus on simple living and prayer as a way to grow closer to God.
(This is really nifty Lent synopsis.)
A couple years ago, I got into a fascinating conversation with our Reverend about why we don’t generally choose to give up a luxury or fast daily. She suggested we intensify our concentration on God and re-focus our lives to be more in line with Jesus. She also gave me a few ideas on things that we could do as a family that would strengthen our Christian commitment.
Boom! 40 Days of Kindness was created!
Each day during the Lenten season, we try to do at least one random act of kindness. Some of the things we’ve done:
*take a prayer walk around the block and pray for our neighbors
*send a happy email
*pray for a different family every night
*pay a genuine compliment to a stranger
*spend 15 minutes cleaning up a park
*bring a healthy treat for Sunday School
*tape a couple dollars to the redbox
*leave quarters in a tiny toy vending machine (this is my Little Tyke’s fave!)
Feel free to join us and share your R.A.K. ideas in the comments 🙂