Friday, July 26, 2013
Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured above) transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service....only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food....NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.
As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation........"We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek"....The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.....The homeless man sitting in the back stood up.....and started walking down the aisle.....the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him....he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment....then he recited
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning...many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.... he then said....Today I see a gathering of people......not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples...when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week.......Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It's something you live by and share with others.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
|A man bought himself a morning coffee and doughnut. Then he bought coffee for the next 500 people in line.|
On Monday, a Canadian man walked into his local Tim Horton's in Edmonton, Canada, got himself a Boston cream doughtnut and a double-double, and then paid for 500 more large coffees for his Canadian neighbors. So, great work, America. We got showed up by Canadians yet again wtih their friendly, selfless ways and their likeable doughnut chains.
The bill came to nearly $900, and the man refused to leave his name or a reason for his random act of caffeinated kindness. It took the shop until 8:30 the following morning to get through all the free coffees, and the mysterious man (I call rights to Coffeeman: the superhero) made hundreds of people's days.
No one ever does this in America. We've all thought about doing it, how good it would feel, how awesome it would be to sit outside the Dunkin Donuts, and see people's smiles as they emerged, and then tell them you were the one who bought them the free coffee and that they could repay you anyway they wanted.
But at the end of the day, we never do it, because 900 American dollars is a lot of French crullers for ourselves.
(by Shira Rachel Danan)
Question: Have YOU ever bought anything in line for someone behind you or before you? It's the most rewarding thing to do!
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Recent research into brain functioning has confimed that we are
hard-wired for love and compassion. So it's not all chasing about
individual success - our communities and society flourish when people
look out for each other.
When we're kind to people we know it
strengthens our connections with them and provides a source of support.
Research shows that we may benefit from giving support more than those
receiving it - and we're also more likely get support in return when we
need it. This may not be like-for-like support, or even from the same
person, but being kind to others builds a wider support network which
increases well-being all round.
Doing kind things for strangers
helps build co-operation, trust and a sense of safety in our
communities. It also helps us to see others more positively and
empathise with them. These are the foundations of a thriving local
community and a flourishing society - one which builds well-being all
Friday, July 12, 2013
The above photo is from a gal named Kristy who calls this her Family Launch Pad. I thought this idea was so cute that I'm including it here for you all to read as well. I love the idea! I love all the wonderful sayings and thought that you could build this with Doing Random Acts of Kindness.
What are some ways that you could make changes here and what would you write?
These are pieces of artwork that I've come across on the Internet that I wanted to share and then ask any of you to do something to share as well here or on it's own post. I haven't opened up the fan page for people directing posting because I want to protect this blog from anything that is hating.
What are some ways that you know people (or yourself) share of themselves with others?