Doing Something Nice
June 23rd, 2010 by Sonja

So … today’s prompt is this –

Do something nice for someone today. Then tell us about what you did.

Really?  You’re kidding.  I find myself wondering just what that would look like.

Oh.  Not the doing something nice.  I do that all the time and I’m not going to tell you about it here, because that’s decidedly not how I roll.  And that’s the problem.  I do do so-called nice things for people.  And by the way, I hate the word “nice” so I’m going to use the word “kind” or “gracious” from now on.

You see, I call that living a missional life.  My calling in this world is to reflect Jesus to the people around me.  Of course, most of the time, when they look at me or how I live they get a fun-house mirror reflection of him, because I’m all human and totally screwed up.  But I do have this dance with the Holy Spirit (or as I like to call her, Soraya), that I live in.  My dance naturally includes a lot of other people.  But if I tell anyone what I’m doing or what I’ve done, that will take all the fun and all the mystery and all the joy out of it.  Telling people (or writing about it here) will change the focus of how I live.  It will put the focus on me and that is not where it belongs.

So I will do, as always, several acts of kindness today.  But I won’t tell anyone about them.

3 Responses  
  • Jamie Arpin-Ricci writes:
    June 23rd, 20109:13 amat

    Incidentally, I think this is why we don’t hear more missional stories (which the critics demand as evidence). Even as I work on my book, for every story I share, I struggle for quite some time. And even then, for every story I share, there are 10 I refuse.

  • Jarred writes:
    June 23rd, 20109:39 amat

    There are also those fun little comments Jesus made about not blowing a trumpet before doing something generous…..

    I’m totally with you on this one.

  • Mike writes:
    June 23rd, 20103:00 pmat

    Bravo Sonja. Well said!!

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