Matthew 6:3-4

The challenge for Day 8 was to do something nice for someone and keep it a secret.  I’m sure by now everyone has heard of pay it forward.  There was a movie made quite a few years ago with the same title.  In that movie a young boy wanted to make the world a better place.  He had an idea that if he did something nice for someone and they did something nice for someone and they did something nice for someone…well you get the point.  It’s a great idea actually, but it doesn’t always take off like it should.

 “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”                                                                                                                                       Hebrews 13:16

When I lived in Texas, I listened to a Christian radio station every day on my hour plus drive to and from work and the radio DJ’s were always broadcasting stories where one patron of Chick-fil-a or Starbucks had gone through the drive-thru and paid for the person’s order behind them.  Too many times, the person who received the free coffee or meal just accepted the kindness and drove away without continuing to pay it forward.  I would love to have heard that it went on and on for several hours. How cool would that be? That is really the idea behind paying it forward.

Today’s challenge was all about that too…a random act of kindness.  I completed today’s challenge, but I am not allowed to share what I’ve done.  The reason for that is that we are supposed to do good deeds for others without needing praise for it afterwards.  We shouldn’t do things expecting a verbal thank you or a pat on the back for being a good person.  We should all be good to others just because it is the right thing to do.  As it says in Matthew 6:3-4, doing good for others in secret favors God who will then reward you.  The only one we need to impress is Him.

Can you do something without needing to post on social media or tell all your family and friends?  You might be surprised to see that it will actually make you feel even better about doing something for someone else.  It did for me.  I walked around the house smiling to myself all day.  It was a very good day.

To see the full 21 day challenge you can read Be a better you.