One Small Act, to perform an act of kindness, mercy, forgiveness, or generosity. I knew that many of you were already doing these things but I challenged you to not only do them, but to tell me what you had done. It wasn’t easy. I had to remind you and coax you, and I had to promise several people that I wouldn’t use your names. You aren’t doing these things for recognition, but simply because they are the right thing to do.
I didn’t ask so that we could brag. I had, and have, something different in mind. So what sorts of things are we doing?
- Giving an elderly neighbor rides to his church and shopping.
- Paying for the car behind us at the drive thru window.
- Taking pictures at a training seminar and creating a slide show so that the participants could see what everyone else had been doing.
- Visiting friends in the hospital and in nursing homes
- Mailing cards to cheer up a friend who is struggling.
- Sending “Get Well” cards to those who are sick.
- Thank you notes
- Caring for the neighbor’s dog when they were temporarily laid up.
- Check in on those who are alone, widowed, or shut-in.
- Donating blood
- Visiting folk who are shut-in and sometimes taking cookies or treats.
- Feeding the hungry
- Caring for others in public places and in unexpected situations.
- Driving a blind co-worker home after work.
I know that there are a great many things that Trinity folk are doing that are not listed here. We do “small acts” of service on a regular basis. One of you hands out cards when they perform their acts of kindness that declare that “You have been randomly chosen” to receive a blessing and that “God Loves You.”
And so here is the next challenge: Make one small change.
Take a moment to think about what you are doing and how you are doing it. You are already making a difference in your community and in your world. What small thing could you change, so that in the process of doing what you already do, others learn that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ? What small thing could you do differently, so that besides making the world a better place, you are also making an eternal impact for the Kingdom of God?
It won’t take much.
You are already making a difference.
The challenge is for each of us to make an eternal difference.