Story of kindness sparks " Kindness club"
There' not much most of us can do about war but we can begin to be at peace with the ones around us, we can be kind and we can definitely do something to help those in need around our everyday lives. Even small steps can travel long distances, small steps prepare you for a pilgrimage of help to others.
Since its founding last Friday, more than 250 people have joined the club that so far has a collective commitment to perform more than 100,000 acts of kindness in 2009.
The 365 Club was inspired by a real-life story of kindness from Pastor David Ferguson of Community Christian Church in Naperville, Ill. Ferguson had walked into a Kinko’s store holding a Starbucks coffee last Friday when one of the employees joked, “Hey, where is mine?”
Ferguson immediately asked, “What do you want … I’m buying!” He also offered to buy the two other Kinko’s employees working in the store at the time the Starbucks drink of their choice.
“When I got back with their favorite drinks in hand you would have thought they won the lottery,” the pastor recalled in his blog. “They were super grateful and it was just a fun and spontaneous random act of kindness.”
A humble brave heart is needed to help others, it is not an easy task to shod your feet with the sandals of peace, it means going to war against intrinsic, egocentric, strongholds in your mind and the minds of others,those which support war, strife and all kinds of bitterness knowingly or not, I used to call myself a peace lover until recently, but I have come to realized I have to step up, be brave and be a peace maker. The Beatitudes speak to us about "the peacemaker" not the "peace lover." Passivity is not included neither is fear "Peacemaking" is a word of action.
There are many who love peace and few who work for it.Peace is a state of harmony, tranquility, and unity.It is by no means having a truce,evading issues or avoid standing up for truth to avoid strife.It is not pretending everything is OK in silence.That would be a lie resulting from fear.How many times have we been quiet and inactive!
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
~ John F. Kennedy
"Lasting change begins in a person's heart — not on a numbered list or piece of paper,”
“If people are generous with their time, generous with their money, and generous with their belongings, then it's easy for others to see Christ's love lived out through their lives. And they reap the benefits tenfold through watching joy overflow into other people's lives,”
Ann Marie Chilton
"Be brave............... help others with love"
A woman I met and learned to admire
by Pat Garcia