We’ve heard about random acts of kindness for quite some time. During a sermon the other day (Ash Wednesday), the idea of doing something for others, without identifying yourself, came up. This was in relation to the Gospel reading, in which Jesus mentioned not doing your good deeds to be seen by others.
Usually, there’s a lot heard about charity around the Advent and Christmas seasons. However, there are opportunities to do good things for others all year long. Many Christians are good at reminding people of this fact, but people can kind of lose focus after the holidays (and, in some cases, after tax-filing time!).
Some Christians make giving part of their Lenten discipline. For example, some give up a favorite food or beverage, and donate the money to a charity that combats hunger. Others keep a special coin box aside for a Lenten offering. These are just two examples of how many use sacrificial giving as part of keeping Lent.
If this is how you prefer to keep Lent, anonymous acts of kindness are definitely worth considering. Know someone who’s struggling to feed their family? Leave some groceries for them, anonymously. Do they have trouble paying their rent? Leave some cash inside an unsigned card. This approach may not be ideal for everyone, but it can help!
What random acts of kindness do you think are helpful?