The Sixty Second Challenge: Show Kindness to Others Every Day

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“‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will say, 'I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” (Matthew 25:37-40; New Living Translation).

Take the Sixty Second Challenge—dare yourself to be kind and positive to brighten someone's day.

Think about the countless people you see throughout your day-to-day life. You don't know where they're from, what they're going through, or in many cases, even their name. Try brainstorming a list of examples. Here's some to start:

• Check-out clerks
• Gas station attendants
• Food service and retail workers
• Custodial staff
• Other people driving on the road
• Receptionists and secretaries
• Maintenance workers
• Joggers, walkers and bikers
• Post officers and delivery workers

As you continue this list, remember God's instruction to be a light to others (Matthew 5:14-16). You and I probably only interact with these individuals for a minute at most. What kind of positive—or negative—impressions could someone get from us in those short 60 seconds?

This is why it's so important to God that we are kind, gentle, forgiving and patient at all times. This way we are always ready to have a positive effect on others and be outstanding representatives of God and His way of life.

This might seem like a tiny or unimportant effort, but remember what God says about things that seem that way: "If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities" (Luke 16:10, NLT). God expects you to be faithful in all aspects of your life. By showing kindness to others, you are sharing your faith.

How can we share our faith in this way? Let's write another list together—please add your own ideas for this in the comments!

• Smile
• Give appropriate eye contact
• Wave or shake hands where acceptable
• Say "please" when asking for something
• Forgive or overlook a mistake they might have made
• Greet them and ask how they are doing
• Hold the door for them or let them go through before you
• Offer to help them carry something
• Tell them "thank you"
• Strike up a positive, casual conversation
• Wish them a good day

Take the Sixty Second Challenge—dare yourself to be kind and positive to brighten someone's day. Challenge yourself to do this to every new person you see or interact with that day. Take the actions above and apply them to the people we listed earlier. Wave to the mailman. Thank the janitor. Ask the cashier how she's doing. You might not even have a full minute with any of these people, but see how much of an influence you can have with the time you're given.

By reaching out to others in kindness, we are lights in a dark world. There's no telling what that other person was going through during the rest of their day. But for just 60 seconds, you can be a light to them—and that can make all the difference.

Other verses to consider when going out of our way to be kind to others

"And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you" (Ephesians 4:32).

"Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin" (James 4:17).

"A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself" (Proverbs 11:17; English Standard Version).

Comments

  • tammyg777

    Kevin - what a WONDERFUL article , thank you. Practicing this as a life style , brings me great joy ! Standing in line at Walmart , can be an adventure .... distracting fussy kids for a tired mom, helping a senior unload her cart ... or complimenting the cashier for working so hard with the store so busy. We share a church building with a Philippine Adventist congregation , and I'm always joyfully wishing them a HAPPY SABBATH. After 2 years here , they now often greet us this way too . Living in The Way is such an amazing gift and we are so blessed. Thank you Kevin

  • Kevin Greer

    Definitely! It's amazing the impact that we can have on others by very simply living as God recommends. Thanks for your comment!

  • Gayle Hoefker

    Thanks, Kevin, for pointing out something that we all can do in reality without any extra effort. They say that it takes more muscles to frown than to smile, so why not smile. Thanks for brightening my day!

  • Kevin Greer

    Thank you friend! Absolutely - a little kindness goes a long way!

  • Deanne

    Love the way you think Kevin! Thanks so much for your kind words and thoughts. Kindness is very beautiful and a kind heart even more so.

  • Kevin Greer

    Thank you! I appreciate your feedback. Kindness is a great thing to look for in a friend, spouse, employee, or anyone in general.

  • Andy Diemer

    Thanks, Kevin. One thing I notice when showing these everyday kindnesses is what it does to me. Not only does someone appreciate the courtesy, but my day goes better too!

  • Kevin Greer

    Absolutely! One of the great benefits is that often, the person will show kindness back towards you and so on. Plus you have a great, Christ-like attitude with which you can tackle the rest of the day.

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