Lent, the time period from Ash Wednesday until Easter holds special significance for modern followers of Christ. This forty-day time period (Sundays are excluded in this count) follows many rules and regulations according to different faith traditions. Lent serves as a time of reflection toward Christ and all that He did on mankind’s behalf, it is also a time for self-examination. Self-denial has become the prevailing association that accompanies the time period of Lent. You will hear many people state what it is that they are giving up for Lent. Unfortunately, the self-denial practices established during this time period are excitedly abandoned when Easter arrives. The reality is that a specified time period is needed for people to embark on the journey knowing that the end is in the near future. It also proves that one is capable of altering their lifestyle even if for a short period of time.
I am asking that the journey between Ash Wednesday & Easter will serve as a time period revolving around a different philosophy. During this special time, I am asking anyone who is willing to accept the challenge, to embark on the Forty Acts of Kindness Encounter. Your actions do not need to be elaborate but they certainly could be more than just the simplest of gestures. The “pay-it-forward” aspect of your kindness could have a snowball effect that continues far beyond the action that started the movement.
These actions are not just to fulfill a requirement they serve as a physical, tangible, reminder of how Jesus lived His life in relation to others. I would love to hear the results of your actions, not in a self-promoting way but as the result of following in the Masters footsteps. I would ask that you keep track of your actions, perhaps even intentionally planning your acts of kindness spanning the forty-day time period.
Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you seek God’s direction as you embark on this forty-day ministry. We rub shoulders every day with people who are craving even the simplest act of kindness that can brighten their day. Ask God to use you to advance His Kingdom through a kind word or deed done in His name, even though you may never know the outcome of your actions done on His behalf.
Lent begins next Wednesday; may you begin preparing for this forty-day ministry adventure, today – consider it a short-term mission’s endeavor.
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