What If Everyday We …

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Yesterday before Church my wife and I were in our car at “Timmies” (Tim Horton’s) getting a coffee in the drive-thru and we paid for the order in the car behind us. We’ve had this happen to us in the past and once in a while we reciprocate. It doesn’t matter which coffee chain you select, it can be Starbucks or whatever.

There’s so much negativity in the world today yet each of us has the opportunity to shed a little sunlight, a little kindness, on someone else if only we are aware of the opportunities around us.

Jesus admonished us to give to the poor, to let our light shine so that others might see and give God the glory that He deserves.

You can add to this list as opportunities present themselves. What if everyday we individually tried to do at least one or more of the following (be vigilant!):

  1. Pray for the people in the ambulance that goes by
  2. If it’s safe, slow down and stop to let someone get in or cross over your traffic lane
  3. Hold the door or elevator for someone who is approaching
  4. Pay for the order of the folks behind you at a “Timmies” or “Starbucks” drive-thru
  5. If you’re using public transit and you see an older person or someone with a young child that needs a seat and none are available, offer them yours
  6. Make it a point to give someone in the service industry a sincere compliment
  7. Resist the temptation to use your car horn
  8. Give someone who is homeless or pan handling $10.00 or  $20.00 and tell them God loves them
  9. Intervene if you see anyone being bullied or disrespected
  10. Use “Sir” or “Madam” when addressing the oppressed or downtrodden, show respect
  11. If you’re at the checkout and someone in front of you starts to put something back because they don’t have enough money, pay for it
  12. Smile or wave at young children whenever the opportunity presents itself
  13. Give someone a hug whenever it is appropriate
  14. Give encouragement to youth whenever possible
  15. Hold yourself in check about saying something negative about someone
  16. Donate a treat you would like yourself to the local food bank or shelter
  17. Make a batch of home made soup, jam or cookies and share it with your neighbours
  18. Offer to drive or assist someone who has a heavy workload
  19. Go the extra mile in being fair about shared responsibilities
  20. Tell those that you love that you love them often
  21. Introduce your Christian activities into your conversation with new acquaintances, like “yesterday when I was at Church” or “at our Church social we …” etc
  22. Buy your wife flowers for no particular special reason
  23. Fold the laundry without being asked and put it away
  24. Cook a meal for your family if your wife normally does the cooking and clean up
  25. Tell your wife or husband how pretty or handsome they look
  26. Take the time to thank God for all that He has given us
  27. Do something nice for your Pastor or Minister and his wife if married
  28. Use one of your days off to give your wife a day off, to do whatever she wants to do
  29. Praise God for being who He is
  30. Take the time to take the time to give unwarranted kindness

There are obviously MANY more things that can be added to this list, the important thing to be mindful of is that the recipients of these acts of kindness don’t need to deserve them at the point of receiving because we didn’t deserve God’s love when He reached out to us. Slow down and look at what unfolds before you, everyone needs.

Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!

 

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Disciple of Jesus, married to Peggy, with 5 grown up children, 6 grand children, ex-Canadian military and residing in beautiful Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. a.k.a. "Papa"

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3 comments on “What If Everyday We …
  1. Pete says:

    Great list! You are so right. We should be looking for these opportunities everyday.

  2. dettinger47 says:

    Ditto Pete’s comment above. Thanks, Bruce, for taking the time to post this much-needed dose of practicality!

  3. Oh, what a fantastic list!! It’s so much easier to do daily acts of kindness that we realize…and you have given us some wonderfully practical ideas here! Love this post, Bruce! You are such an example of “walking it out faith.” Thank you!

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