On Tuesday evening, I set out on the same route home I drive every day – a left, a right, another right and on to the highway. But as I pass a warehouse I’ve seen thousands of other times on my daily drive home, the routine of my life is thrown off track; the bubble of monotony pops … along with my front left tire.
Reluctantly, I get out of the car, pop the trunk, roll out the spare, and attempt to change the tire. The key word being “attempt.” No matter how hard I pull, push, kick at or jump on the wrench, the nuts holding my flat tire in place will not loosen. “What a sight this must be for the rush hour traffic whizzing by,” I think.
Just then, a green van slows, stops behind my car, and a father and his teenage son get out. They approach and ask if I needed help. I step aside and the father instructs the boy what to do. As I watch this generous act of benevolence, I am filled with gratitude. These random strangers have come out of nowhere to save my day, and their small act of kindness – perhaps a lesson for the son – is a blessing I feel must be passed on.
We often get so trapped in the ‘wash, rinse, repeat’ of daily life routines that we miss wonderful God opportunities like this. Having experienced the kindness of others that day, I felt challenged to ask, is there more I can do for others? Are there opportunities for serving others I can incorporate into my everyday life?
Thanks to my own experience and encounter with kindness, I now feel challenged to become an everyday hero myself. Perhaps you can join me, by paying it forward in small actions that can make a big impact in someone else’s life.
I invite you to accept this special challenge with me and show special mercy in the days leading up to Easter. Below is a motivational list of “40 Days of Good” to get you started. Hopefully it will inspire your random acts of kindness this season. Remember, kindness can be contagious, so inspire and challenge others to be merciful too!
40 Days of Good
- Send someone a hand written note of thanks.
- Buy a coffee for a coworker.
- Privately pray for someone.
- Walk your friend’s dog.
- Give a compliment to your waiter or waitress.
- Send someone a small anonymous gift.
- Talk to a homeless person, learn about him/her.
- Give another driver your parking spot.
- Compliment a colleague for their excellence.
- Give a piece of fruit to a delivery person.
- Leave a positive comment on someone’s Facebook.
- Bring bottled water to outside workers.
- Leave extra quarters at a local laundromat.
- Make a donation to a charity.
- Make a card at home and send it to a friend.
- Help an elderly neighbor carry their trash outside.
- Tell your family members how much you appreciate them.
- Bring someone a small token of appreciation.
- Volunteer a day at a soup kitchen.
- Invite someone to dinner.
- Accept someone’s offer to help you.
- Give someone a hug.
- Be a friend who listens.
- Cheer on a friend on at a sports event.
- Call a distant friend.
- Write a positive sticky note for someone.
- Teach a child something new.
- Let someone skip you in a grocery shopping line.
- Smile at a stranger in passing.
- Hold a door for someone following after you.
- Drop off canned goods at a local food pantry.
- Let someone else take the last piece of dessert.
- Take flowers to a nurse working at a nearby hospital.
- Rather than save things for “just-in-case” give it to someone who could use it.
- Give an inspirational book to a friend.
- Compliment a stranger.
- Thank a custodial worker.
- If you see a piece of trash, pick it up and throw it away.
- Do the dishes, even if it’s not your turn.
- Buy an ice cream cone for a friend.