But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
(Galatians 5:22–23 ESV)
Back in 2013 I had a little idea. I called my sister and told her I wanted to buy 100 Easter eggs and give them away – would she like to come? She was so excited, especially as we rode up and down the supermarket aisles filling the trolley with some of her favourites! That weekend, we gathered a few more friends and headed into the local community – what fun!
As we handed out the Easter eggs, we found people started to smile, laugh, talk and respond. Conversation flowed and I caught a glimpse of how an act of kindness could be a catalyst for building new relationships and forming stronger communities. That day sharethemiracle was born, and last Easter teams across the UK reached out to over 15,000 people in their communities, often with chocolate Easter eggs and invitations.
It’s amazing how well people respond to free chocolate. It’s something everyone can get involved in and a great conversation starter. I can genuinely say from my own experience that you’ll quickly see that, far from being sceptical, people start to respond with a wonderful openness that will inspire you! In one exchange, a woman was near to tears as she accepted an egg. Her husband was very unwell in hospital and the egg we gave her just happened to be his favourite. In another, some schoolchildren were handing out eggs, and as one lady accepted an egg she told them that the last time she’d seen a member of their school they were trying to knock down her garden fence! She saw this as a real act of reconciliation.
We celebrate the greatest act of kindness at Easter, so why not grab the challenge, reach out to your community and prepare to be amazed by what happens!
Today's blog was written by Dan Usher from Share the Miracle UK.
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