Have you ever read something (a novel, an article, a snippet of a headline) that stopped you dead in your tracks!? Something that caught you off guard and changed your perspective, or something that moved you so far out of your comfort zone you could barely see the boundary lines?!
I can totally relate.
I recently read "The Circle Maker" by Mark Batterson, a book that encourages you to pray circles around your biggest dreams and greatest fears. And boy, did it stop me dead in my tracks! See, I often find myself saying “I just want to help," or "How can I help?" or "Do you need help!?” Most of the time it’s to coworkers, family members, or friends. It may not be anything profound, but it means so much just to offer to help with simple tasks.
After reading this book my biggest dreams and greatest fears have been circled, and it is my goal to keep circling them. I often say one of my biggest dreams is “to help thousands of people by using my God-given gifts and talents.” Yup, I said it - thousands! It’s a lofty goal, and the Herb Brooks’ voice in me says, “That’s why I want to pursue it.” (... any “Miracle” fans out there?!)
So what is this #uncommonactsofkindness thing?!
Each month, I will carry (5) $5 gift cards with me as I go about my day. From Target to Caribou to job sites, I will keep a keen eye out for anyone who may need or deserve a little encouragement. Inspired by the Lord and his direction, these giveaways will be on-the-spot Uncommon Acts of Kindness, lifting up those around us.
That means that every year, I can encourage sixty new people! With lots of circled prayers, maybe one day this can grow into something bigger... but for now, it’s a start.
PS: You may recall this project being a little different, and you'd be right.
Once upon a time (from July 2016 - July 2022), we would receive nominations from you, our lovely readers and supporters, for people who could use some Uncommon joy. In that time, we sent over 60 curated gift boxes, over 100 bonus Christmastime bonus boxes, and hundreds of Uncommon postcards to people YOU know and love.
Thank you to everyone who helped us spread kindness and joy in our early days. We are so grateful to have been able to serve those you love the Uncommon way. We encourage you to keep serving those around you in any way you can!
"NOT EVERY ACT OF KINDNESS IS RANDOM"