Do something you don't have to do.



"If you only do what you have to do, you will be limited in what you do. It’s the stuff that you don’t have to do that ultimately changes your faith.


Maybe that’s what Jesus meant when He suggested this to a group of people gathered around Him to hear Him teach:

“Suppose someone forces you to go one mile. Go two miles with them.”


Mile One fulfilled an obligation.
Mile Two changed the nature of their relationship.


That one step from Mile One across the line to Mile Two changes everything.

On the Mile Two side of the line, God gets bigger, life gets fuller, and friendships get deeper.

So here’s the question: What have you done lately that you didn’t have to do?



You don’t have to become a foster parent.
You don’t have to lead middle schoolers.
You don’t have to pause to talk to a child.
You don’t have to buy someone’s meal.
You don’t have to ask the waiter his name.
You don’t have to help your local school.
You don’t have to forgive that friend who offended you.
You don’t have to show up for someone at the hospital.
You don’t have to give anything away.
You don’t have to invest in someone else’s recovery.


In fact, in many ways, life will be easier if you don’t. But if you do, it will change you. If you do, you will feel something deeper. If you do, you will tap into something sacred you never knew existed. If you do, you will experience love in a radical new way." -Reggie Joiner



IDEAS FOR ACTS OF KINDNESS

  1. Deliver fresh-baked cookies to a neighbor or co-worker.
  2. Bring fresh flowers to someone.
  3. Offer to babysit for free.
  4. Mow someone’s yard or rake their leaves for free.
  5. Pay for someone’s coffee behind you in the drive-through.
  6. Pay for someone’s fast food meal behind you in the drive-through.
  7. Send a note of encouragement to someone.
  8. Give baked goods or a small gift to your postman or delivery person (the Christmas season gets pretty crazy for them).
  9. Leave a big tip for your server at a restaurant.
  10. Pay for someone’s movie that is behind you in line.
  11. Help someone who you know is struggling financially.
  12. Pay for someone’s meal or dessert at a restaurant.
  13. Bake goodies and take them to the police station, fire station, or hospital.
  14. Take a box of doughnuts to a school, office, workplace, etc.
  15. Cook a meal for a neighbor or co-worker.
  16. Share your umbrella with a stranger.
  17. Help tutor a struggling student.
  18. Pay for someone’s groceries who is behind you in line.
  19. Send a foster family a meal.
  20. Buy gift cards for a foster family or a family in need.