Whelp, here it is, 2011 and I am just now hopping on the day-of-the-week blog meme bandwagon. At this point it feels like they’ve all been done (and maybe this one has been done somewhere, too, I don’t know) but finally something resonated with me enough that I felt compelled to think, write, and act on it weekly.
Some blogs host weekly memes about what you’ve been wearing, encouraging you to be fashionable.
Some blogs host weekly memes about marriage, encouraging you to be intentional about loving your mate.
Some blogs host weekly photography challenges, encouraging you to develop your photography skills. (Ba dum ch! Develop. Get it?)
Some blogs host weekly writing challenges, encouraging you to flex your writing muscle.
Some blogs host weekly gratitude memes, were bloggers get together and give thanks and focus on the beautiful in life.
It kinda feels like all the good ideas are already taken.
But then on a drive in the car, like most drives I take in the car with my two boys in back, I was listening to our local Christian radio station. (aside: Poor Christian music stations. They are given the task to play ‘a genre’ of music that really contains 4 or 5 sub-genres. They’re notoriously playing songs that are too old, too cheesy, too pop, too gospel for someone. Because of that, they’ve kind of gotten a bad rap.) (Ba dum ch! Rap! I am on FIRE!)
Once a month, this radio station encourages its listeners to participate in ‘the drive through difference’ where at McDonald’s or a coffee shop, wherever, listeners pay for the drive through window order of the car behind them. They have a note on their website you can print off and leave with the window teller, which includes the radio station’s phone number so the person on the receiving end can call and tell their story.
It’s amazing to hear how God works through these “random” act of kindness taking place all over the Twin Cities. Based on the phone calls, it’s never random who God chooses to bless with this – a new mom, someone recently bereaved, the unemployed, someone having a horrible day. The recipients call in and talk to the host, and I’m not going to lie, I’ve teared up before over the stories. (I might have been pregnant at the time… but still.)
And I realized I want to do that. I want to encourage, challenge, spur my friends and readers (who are friends I just haven’t met yet) on to do random acts of kindness through my blog. O, and myself. I sure could use some reminding (again and again).
It didn’t quite take 9 months, but I still feel a little like this post is giving birth to a baby I’ve been cooking.
Every week I will come here on Fridays and share about something I stepped out and did for someone else. While DanO and the boys are more than deserving of these acts (and hopefully are already on the receiving end daily), I am going to focus my effort on the more outside of my comfort zone ones – strangers, neighbors, acquaintances. I truly believe that spending time looking for opportunities and acts throughout the week will have an impact on me. I can only hope that the kindnesses I am able to do will have an impact on someone else.
Pay for the car behind you.
Help them with the groceries.
Leave cookies on their doorstep.
Send a note of encouragement.
Bring her coffee.
Stop and help clean it up.
Take her kids for the day
Offer, even if it’s inconvenient.
I realize that many of these opportunities come to us in the moment and are not something we can set out in the morning to do, but we can set out in the morning to look for them and to be ready when they come (hesitation has stopped me many times from blessing someone). Hopefully this weekly prompt will combat my inhibitions, will make me more bold, will make me more attentive.
Then, we’ll come back here, write about our experiences, and link up on Fridays. Even if it’s only me, that’s ok. I understand that there are already eleventy bajillion weekly blog link-ups out there and only so much time in the day.
My hope is that this results in kindness in action; the writing and sharing parts are an added bonus.
Have a lovely weekend, friends.