Thank you

April 16, 2017

​Thank you for taking up the Lent Challenge.

The challenge has now ended, remember the prayer and never be ashamed to be kind.

Lord,

I’m so grateful for your loving kindness throughout my life.

At the beginning of this new day turn my thoughts towards the gift of kindness

and my hands and feet to the service of others.

May kindness influence the way I speak of another.

May kindness teach me when to keep silent and when to speak.

May my desire to be kind never make me cruel.

May my desire to be kind allow me to shed a tear with the hurting.

Lord strengthen the gift of kindness.

Help me bear my sister’s burden.

Give me the understanding to empathise.

Teach me how to speak a word of praise.

For Your Word declares;

To be kind is to forgive the past.

To be kind is to expect the best from another.

To be kind is to speak truthfully to a friend.

To be kind is to go the second mile.

To be kind is to look for the best even in your enemies.

To be kind is to reflect the nature and character of God.

To be kind is our calling as disciples of Jesus.

May we never be ashamed to be kind.

Amen

Day Forty

April 15, 2017

​Take time to remember those who are no longer here who were kind to you and had a positive influence in your life. Thank God for them. Ask God to help you to be the same positive influence in the lives of others.

Day Thirty Nine

April 14, 2017

Pray for the injustices caused by mankind. We see injustice everyday, take time to stand with someone who is fighting injustice by signing an online petition.

Day Thirty Eight

April 13, 2017

​Jesus washed his disciples feet, cleaning away all the dirt and perhaps easing their pains. Think of someone you know whose feet you could metaphorically wash. A kind word, a smile, a conversation, a visit, is all that might be needed to ease someone’s pain.

Day Thirty Seven

April 12, 2017

Write an email / message / letter of thanks to an organisation or group you appreciate, thanking them for their work.

Day Thirty Six

April 11, 2017

Read the news - perhaps the top few headline articles - and see if there is anything practical you could do to help in the situations described.

Day Thirty Five

April 10, 2017

Ask God to give you a servant heart. Think about how you can be kind to someone and how you can serve them.

A Lenten Prayer

April 09, 2017

In the Book of Galatians Paul reminds us that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are displayed in a number of ways. One way is by showing kindness to all the people we come across. Gal 5:22

Lord,

I’m so grateful for your loving kindness throughout my life.

At the beginning of this new day turn my thoughts towards the gift of kindness

and my hands and feet to the service of others.

May kindness influence the way I speak of another.

May kindness teach me when to keep silent and when to speak.

May my desire to be kind never make me cruel.

May my desire to be kind allow me to shed a tear with the hurting.

Lord strengthen the gift of kindness.

Help me bear my sister’s burden.

Give me the understanding to empathise.

Teach me how to speak a word of praise.

For Your Word declares;

To be kind is to forgive the past.

To be kind is to expect the best from another.

To be kind is to speak truthfully to a friend.

To be kind is to go the second mile.

To be kind is to look for the best even in your enemies.

To be kind is to reflect the nature and character of God.

To be kind is our calling as disciples of Jesus.

May we never be ashamed to be kind.

Day Thirty Four

April 08, 2017

Cook too much dinner and invite a friend to come and join you.

Day Thirty Three

April 07, 2017

Take a nice a bunch of flowers to someone who is not expecting them.

Day Thirty Two

April 06, 2017

Invite a friend to join you at church for an Easter Service next week.

Day Thirty One

April 05, 2017

Think of someone who has inspired you and send them a note of thanks.

Day Thirty

April 04, 2017

When you make a call to complain speak kindly to the person in the call centre.

Day Twenty Nine

April 03, 2017

Pray on at least 3 occasions today that the loving kindness of God might be seen in others in your life.

The Prayer for Lent

April 02, 2017

In the Book of Galatians Paul reminds us that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are displayed in a number of ways. One way is by showing kindness to all the people we come across. Gal 5:22

Lord,

I’m so grateful for your loving kindness throughout my life.

At the beginning of this new day turn my thoughts towards the gift of kindness

and my hands and feet to the service of others.

May kindness influence the way I speak of another.

May kindness teach me when to keep silent and when to speak.

May my desire to be kind never make me cruel.

May my desire to be kind allow me to shed a tear with the hurting.

Lord strengthen the gift of kindness.

Help me bear my sister’s burden.

Give me the understanding to empathise.

Teach me how to speak a word of praise.

For Your Word declares;

To be kind is to forgive the past.

To be kind is to expect the best from another.

To be kind is to speak truthfully to a friend.

To be kind is to go the second mile.

To be kind is to look for the best even in your enemies.

To be kind is to reflect the nature and character of God.

To be kind is our calling as disciples of Jesus.

May we never be ashamed to be kind.

Day Twenty Eight

April 01, 2017

Plant a flower in memory of a kindness shown to you.

Day Twenty Seven

March 31, 2017

Think seriously how you might offer practical support to a friend in need.

Day Twenty Six

March 30, 2017

Consider your practical skills, how can you use them to help others?

Day Twenty Five

March 29, 2017

Reconnect with someone you haven’t seen for a while.

Day Twenty Four

March 28, 2017

Leave a bunch of flowers on someones doorstep.

Day Twenty Three

March 27, 2017

Ask God to change your heart, to show kindness to those who rub you up the wrong way.

A Lent Prayer

March 26, 2017

In the Book of Galatians Paul reminds us that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are displayed in a number of ways. One way is by showing kindness to all the people we come across. Gal 5:22

Lord,

I’m so grateful for your loving kindness throughout my life.

At the beginning of this new day turn my thoughts towards the gift of kindness

and my hands and feet to the service of others.

May kindness influence the way I speak of another.

May kindness teach me when to keep silent and when to speak.

May my desire to be kind never make me cruel.

May my desire to be kind allow me to shed a tear with the hurting.

Lord strengthen the gift of kindness.

Help me bear my sister’s burden.

Give me the understanding to empathise.

Teach me how to speak a word of praise.

For Your Word declares;

To be kind is to forgive the past.

To be kind is to expect the best from another.

To be kind is to speak truthfully to a friend.

To be kind is to go the second mile.

To be kind is to look for the best even in your enemies.

To be kind is to reflect the nature and character of God.

To be kind is our calling as disciples of Jesus.

May we never be ashamed to be kind.

Day Twenty Two

March 25, 2017

Share a favourite song with someone who might appreciate it.

Day Twenty One

March 24, 2017

Make the point of saying hello to a neighbour

Day Twenty

March 23, 2017

Make a point of listening to friends and colleagues. Hold back your opinion, just listen.

Day Nineteen

March 22, 2017

Take some things to your local charity shop.

Day Eighteen

March 21, 2017

Send a card or a letter to someone you want to say thank you to.

Day Seventeen

March 20, 2017

Before you leave the house today make a conscious decision to be kind to others and yourself.

Lent Prayer

March 19, 2017

In the Book of Galatians Paul reminds us that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are displayed in a number of ways. One way is by showing kindness to all the people we come across. Gal 5:22

Lord,

I’m so grateful for your loving kindness throughout my life.

At the beginning of this new day turn my thoughts towards the gift of kindness

and my hands and feet to the service of others.

May kindness influence the way I speak of another.

May kindness teach me when to keep silent and when to speak.

May my desire to be kind never make me cruel.

May my desire to be kind allow me to shed a tear with the hurting.

Lord strengthen the gift of kindness.

Help me bear my sister’s burden.

Give me the understanding to empathise.

Teach me how to speak a word of praise.

For Your Word declares;

To be kind is to forgive the past.

To be kind is to expect the best from another.

To be kind is to speak truthfully to a friend.

To be kind is to go the second mile.

To be kind is to look for the best even in your enemies.

To be kind is to reflect the nature and character of God.

To be kind is our calling as disciples of Jesus.

May we never be ashamed to be kind.

Day Sixteen

March 18, 2017

Next time you make soup, keep an portion to give away.

Day Fifteen

March 17, 2017

Hold the door open for someone.

Day Fourteen

March 16, 2017

Thank those who serve you. The shop assistant, the bus driver, the waitress, etc

Day Thirteen

March 15, 2017

Take a plastic bag to collect litter while you are out walking, take a friend with you.

Day Twelve

March 14, 2017

Take time this week to listen to someone who is often ignored. It could be a relative, a colleague, a friend, someone living on the street.

Day Eleven

March 13, 2017

Go into the day to show intentional kindness to others.

A Prayer for Lent

March 12, 2017

In the Book of Galatians Paul reminds us that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are displayed in a number of ways. One way is by showing kindness to all the people we come across. Gal 5:22

Lord,

I’m so grateful for your loving kindness throughout my life.

At the beginning of this new day turn my thoughts towards the gift of kindness

and my hands and feet to the service of others.

May kindness influence the way I speak of another.

May kindness teach me when to keep silent and when to speak.

May my desire to be kind never make me cruel.

May my desire to be kind allow me to shed a tear with the hurting.

Lord strengthen the gift of kindness.

Help me bear my sister’s burden.

Give me the understanding to empathise.

Teach me how to speak a word of praise.

For Your Word declares;

To be kind is to forgive the past.

To be kind is to expect the best from another.

To be kind is to speak truthfully to a friend.

To be kind is to go the second mile.

To be kind is to look for the best even in your enemies.

To be kind is to reflect the nature and character of God.

To be kind is our calling as disciples of Jesus.

May we never be ashamed to be kind.

Day Ten

March 11, 2017

Plant a bulb in a pot, when it flowers pass it on to another.

Day Nine

March 10, 2017

Give away a book that you enjoyed reading

Day Eight

March 09, 2017

Send a text to encourage a friend.

Day Seven

March 08, 2017

Make someone a cup of tea or coffee

Day Six

March 07, 2017

Every day from now on go out for a 15 minute walk (if you are able), make a conscious decision to say hello to the people you pass.

Day Five

March 06, 2017

Be the one who is always willing to go the extra mile for people.

Prayer for Lent

March 05, 2017

In the Book of Galatians Paul reminds us that the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are displayed in a number of ways. One way is by showing kindness to all the people we come across. Gal 5: 22

Lord,

I’m so grateful for your loving kindness throughout my life.

At the beginning of this new day turn my thoughts towards the gift of kindness

and my hands and feet to the service of others.

May kindness influence the way I speak of another.

May kindness teach me when to keep silent and when to speak.

May my desire to be kind never make me cruel.

May my desire to be kind allow me to shed a tear with the hurting.

Lord strengthen the gift of kindness.

Help me bear my sister’s burden.

Give me the understanding to empathise.

Teach me how to speak a word of praise.

For Your Word declares;

To be kind is to forgive the past.

To be kind is to expect the best from another.

To be kind is to speak truthfully to a friend.

To be kind is to go the second mile.

To be kind is to look for the best even in your enemies.

To be kind is to reflect the nature and character of God.

To be kind is our calling as disciples of Jesus.

May we never be ashamed to be kind.

Day Four

March 04, 2017

​Visit a friend who might be lonely.

Day Three

March 03, 2017

Go for a walk. Take a plastic bag and pick up the litter you see on the way.​

Day Two

March 02, 2017

Pray for someone every day for the next 46 days.

Day One

March 01, 2017

The challenge is about thinking kindly every day. It’s about improving all our relationships, changing our mindsets and seeking to live in a more Christ like manner. The challenge is not to necessarily follow these suggestion but to show acts of kindness on a daily basis to others.

When you are the recipient of an act of kindness why not share it on social media using #URMoreThanDust or email us at contact@sanctuaryfirst.org.uk

Day One

Think, where is God calling you to show an act of kindness? Do it.

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