If you’ve seen the movie “Evan Almighty”, you know that A.R.K. is an acronym for Acts of Random Kindness.

With that in mind, let’s build an A.R.K.!

All we have to do is perform at least three (3) Acts of Random Kindness a day.  You can do this by yourself and/or get kids, family members, and friends involved, too!

I suggest getting a journal or notebook to record your daily ARKs.  The purpose of this isn’t just to keep track of what you’ve done, but also to keep you on track, and to allow you to look back and reflect on what you’ve done, noting any changes you’ve seen or experienced as a result of your ARKs.

Your journal can also serve as a prayer journal, reminding you of people and situations you can remember in your prayers.

So what can you do for your ARKs?  The possibilities are endless!  Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  •  Let someone go ahead of you in line    It’s really sad that people are so busy and all-about-themselves these days that they neglect the common courtesies of thinking of others first.  Just a little gesture like this can be a big ARK for someone else.
  •  Help someone load groceries in their car
  • Offer a word of praise or encouragement to someone
  • Send a thank you note to someone for a kindness they’ve shown you – hand written notes are especially nice, but online greetings are good, too
  • Send a note to someone ‘just because’ to put a smile in their mailbox or email
  • Write a letter to someone from your past to let them know what a difference they’ve made in your life. ( For instance, I’m going to write to the author of a book that has been meaningful to my family, letting her know how much we’ve benefited from her efforts.)
  • Be a Secret Pal to someone at work
  • Take Halloween goody bags or homemade treats to your neighbors
  • Share words of encouragements with someone who is struggling
  • Make a child’s day by showing them a penny you ‘found’ on the ground or a counter and ask if they’d like to have it
  • Think of favors you can do for your family members or friends – might be something as simple as making someone’s bed when they have a busy morning.
  • Take part in the Drive-Thru Difference encouraged by 91.9 radio by offering to pay for the car behind you when you purchase something at a drive-up window.  (It’s nice to leave a little note for the other person.  I prepare notes ahead and keep them in the car.  My notes say – I’m taking part in 91.9 radios’s Drive Thru Difference and hope this will be a blessing for your day.  God bless you!   From: Your Fast Food Friend )
  • Take part in organized volunteer efforts in your community.
  • Think of your own way to volunteer in local schools, retirement homes/assisted living homes, after-school programs,sports ministries, food banks, churches, etc.
  • Ask your doctor if he/she knows of a patient who needs rides to appointments and see if you can help.

As you can see, there are so-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o many ways you can build your ARK!

The first day I started building my ARK, I bought a few copies of “God’s Promises” books.  While standing in line to pay for them, I saw a young mother struggling to manage her energetic young children.  As I left the store I saw the mother strapping her children in their car seats.  The ‘voice in my head’ told me to give her one of the books.  Great idea!  I walked over to the mother and told her she had precious children, I thought she was doing a great job as a Mom, and that I wanted her to have one of the books.   She happily accepted the book and said she’d been wanting a book like that!  She chuckled as she said she’d probably keep it in her mini-van to have on hand when she needed it the most.  As I walked away I heard one of the children say, “Who was that, Mommy?”  She said, “I don’t know, but that was really nice of her!”

That moment was the best gift I gave myself that day, and each time you perform an ARK, you’ll feel like you’ve been gifted, too!

My goal is to perform at least three ARKs a day for a year, but your commitment doesn’t have to be that long.  You can try it for a month or even just a week.

OK!  Let’s get started!  Let’s build an ARK!

I’d love to hear your ARK ideas and experiences, too.   You can respond to this blog site or to my email address  ReneeMyers@carolina.rr.com