“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!”
Anne Frank (1929-1945)
What does the love and kindness of Jesus look like on a daily basis? Starting on March 1st, 2014 all eight campuses of Victory Christian Center along with Victory Compassion Ministries set out to display and live out the kindness of Jesus to our community and the world!
The Culture of Kindness is a 31 day challenge in which every day those participating receive a new act of kindness idea for their friends, family, neighborhood, work place and so much more. The idea is to shine your light with the love of Jesus by blessing someone around you.
Today’s challenge is our first Wild Card Wednesday. These are my favorite challenges of the week as you get to pick from a list of 10 ideas of kindness to bless an individual or family, or simply ask the Holy Spirit what He would have you do for that day to bless someone. You never know how one seemingly small act of kindness could change someone’s life!
It’s never too late to jump in on the challenge – head over to Compassion Ministry Facebook Page and read through the daily posts of the challenges, click the scrolling banner at the top of our blog, or grab a booklet at your local Victory Christian Center campus.
1. Joy Balloons
Take 5 helium filled balloons and leave them on someone’s doorstep and attach a note to the balloons blessing whoever may receive the balloons. You never know the joy such a simple act can bring to someone.
Pick up some flowers from the florist or grocery store and arrange to bless someone that might be missing someone special. If you have a hard time thinking of someone you can always visit a nursing home or assisted living to brighten their day!
3. Babysit For Free
If you have kids or know of a family with kids you know that it can be stressful and crazy at times. Think of a family who you know could use a blessing of getting out of the house for a few hours and know their kids were in good hands.
4. Family Fun
Do you know of a family or a friend that loves to do special things but may not always have the funds to take their family out or treat themselves? This is a great opportunity to bless them by taking them out, maybe an evening of bowling or even a fun game night at your house. Call up a family or friend who you know could use a night out and plan a time to get together so that you can be a blessing to them that day!
5. Tip Blessing
When was the last time you went out to eat and thought about leaving a larger tip than normal but didn’t? If you plan on going out to eat anytime soon, bless your waiter or waitress with an extra gift other than the expected 10%. Take a little extra time to learn their name and get to know them.
6. Nursing Home Visit
Plan and schedule a visit to a local nursing home. There are so many lonely people who would love someone to sit and talk with for a little while. This is a great way to honor your elders and bless someone else’s life.
7. Neighbor in Need
Take some extra time today to identify a neighbor in need. It could be an elderly neighbor who needs help cleaning out their gutters for spring, or someone who needs help moving something around their house. Take some extra time and ask them “how can I serve you today?”
8. Food Bank
9. Help someone who can’t help themselves.
Identify the need of someone today who can’t do it on their own and offer to help. It could be someone stuck on the side of the road, or someone who can’t lift something heavy, or even just someone who is to busy to accomplish a task they need done.
10. Invite a neighbor, coworker, family member or friend to church.
You may not always know what to say, but inviting someone to church is a great way to begin dialog with them about the Lord. They may be a Christian already and just need somewhere to come and plug in. A simple invitation could change someone’s life!