So, tomorrow’s the day.
Tomorrow’s the day we start our challenge.
Tomorrow’s the first of 30 days that we will intentionally perform one act of kindness for someone else.
Tomorrow the day that the 2nd annual 30 Deeds in 30 Days challenge begins!
Why do these 30 deeds? Well, for starters, I think we’ll all agree that intentionally impacting someone else’s day for the better is fun! There’s little more satisfying than knowing you helped someone else when they least expected it. But you know what? It goes further than that. Did you know that doing one good deed for 30 days could actually change your life?
I want to explain something that I find a bit sobering.
You may have noticed in your own life that the longer you walk with God, the more open your arms become. Instead of clenching tightly to a small circle of insiders, you throw out your arms, opening them up to those outside the circle who may need to come in. As your arms grow wider in worship, they correspondingly grow wider in acceptance.
But wait. Have you actually noticed that in your own life?
The brutal truth is that the longer a person attends church, the fewer interactions that person has with people on “the outside.” It’s been my experience that when a person makes a faith-decision to follow Christ, his or her contact with people outside of the Christian faith decreases significantly.
In my opinion, Christians tend to become quite inwardly focused. We find our group of Christian friends, do our Christian activities and distance ourselves from non-Christian people.
(I’ll take this opportunity to warn you that I’m pretty passionate about this topic, so bear with me if I get a little amped. I’ve had a lot of coffee.)
Ugh. I hang my head in dismay at the ugliness and selfishness of it all.
Are we so concerned with our own well-being, our own “final destination,” our own public image that we forget the very people we are called to reach?
Do we isolate ourselves so much in our “Christianity” that we turn a blind eye to the adulterer, the prisoner, the drug addict, alcoholic, unwed mom, troubled teen, lonely woman, jobless father, sick neighbor, and depressed family member?
Instead of walking toward the people so in need of God’s redemptive love, I’ve seen scores of people step in to a mode of no longer wanting anything to do with them. Are we so caught up in our “goodness” that we forget the very people who need our friendship?
Notice I said friendship. I did not say “so in need of our God.” Yes, they need God. Everyone needs God! We know that and we’ll get there, but first, they need a friend. They need you to be their friend. Get to know them, listen to their stories, and then listen to God. He will prompt you when prompting is needed.
So, do 30 Deeds in 30 Days. See where it takes you.
Let me tell you, wrapping your caring arms around someone gives back far more than it takes.
Open your eyes. Open your ears. Open your heart.
Change, friends, is inevitable.