Our small group has struggled with application: We’ll talk about serving people around us, and then we’ll hesitate to give someone from our group a ride home. In trying to encourage our group members to love and serve others, we came up with “kindness strips.” Each strip of paper has a simple act of kindness printed on it. At the end of our study each week, people pick a strip from the pile. We read our strips to the rest of the group, and then we pick someone who will keep us accountable that week. Here are some sample strips:
- Pick up trash lying around your neighborhood.
- Buy lunch for a friend or coworker.
- Pay for the meal of the person who is behind you in the drive-through lane.
- Send a care package to a college student or student missionary.
- Give someone a ride home.
- Give fast-food gift certificates to a homeless person.
- Send someone a prepaid calling card.
- Write a note of thanks to the local police or fire-fighters.
- Bake cookies for a neighbor.
- Leave quarters in the change slot of a phone, soda pop machine, or expired parking meter.
- Give someone flowers.
These are just a few ideas to get started. You should be able to come up with additional ideas of your own that are appropriate to your small group.
Sean Michael Murphy
© 2006 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists