The first week of 40acts is over and we’re 4 acts in so far to this year’s challenge. I’ve been looking forward to the email arriving in my inbox each morning which consists of a reflection by one of the 40 Christian writers who are involved this year followed by the day’s generosity challenge. This year has seen a slightly different format with three options for each days challenge, colour-coded green, yellow or red, depending on how much you want to push yourself (or are able to push yourself) each day.
The challenges for this week have been:
- Act 1: Starting line – preparing and planning for the generosity challenge
- Act 2: Chinwag – how well do you know your neighbours?
- Act 3: Clean – what can we do to make the world around us a more beautiful place?
- Act 4: Devise a surprise – doing something nice as a surprise for someone around us.
The green option for each day is the most accessible one – usually only requiring 5 minutes less of your time and being free (or really cheap) cost-wise. The yellow option is a little more challenging, requiring around 15 minutes to complete and perhaps costing a couple of pounds. Then there is the red option, which is the most challenging of the three options.
For example, the challenge for day 3 – clean – gives the following suggestions:
- Green – pick up any litter that you see lying about and drop into a bin (using a litter picker or wearing gloves) or sort out your kitchen so you can recycle more easily.
- Yellow – commit to keeping a patch of land near where you live litter-free and possibly plant a few bulbs to attract bees and butterflies
- Red – organise a community clean-up, find out about local conservation groups or organise a group to scrub some graffiti or do some litter-picking together.
So far, I’ve generally been sticking to the green or yellow options which are much more do-able with two small children in tow! I’ve started a journal to keep a list of those I’d like to bless during Lent (or beyond!) and to record my challenges for each day, had a lovely long chat with a neighbour whilst our kids played in the park (and made sure I found out her name and not just those of her children!), picked litter off our front garden and surprised my lovely hubby with a card just to say “I love you”.
Have you been taking part in 40acts? I’d love to hear how you’ve been getting on.