On Saturday morning five of us decided to do something tangible rather than just talk about being nice to people. We went to two local coffee shops, purchased their inventory of newspapers and gave them all away. It was part of our worship to God that day.
People were genuinely surprised by the simple gift we gave them. A few asked us why we were doing it or if we were from a church and we simply said things like, "we just wanted to do something nice for someone today." Or "Yes, we follow Christ and decided to show it rather than just tell it. Enjoy your paper." It was actually quite fun to see people smile as they took a paper.
After an hour of giving away papers, we went for pizza and talked about what we could do next. We are starting small but would want to do things that would improve the life of someone else. I think it would be cool if we were to help out in a habitat for humanity project or something like that.
Getting outside of our normal routine and thinking of others was the best part of this little experiment. It was easy to do, well received and enjoyable. Showing kindness with no other reason than embodying Christ is an interesting proposition. Besides, I just get a kick out of doing things that are out of the ordinary. People don't expect strangers to do something kind for no reason.