John Wesley said “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can”. Alone, that seems an impossible challenge. But Philippians 4.13 reminds us that “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who gives me strength”.

A young man, struggling with his mental health, had challenged himself at New Year to perform an act of kindness every day. As his health began to improve throughout January, he decided to continue this challenge throughout the year. Twelve months later, having completed an act of kindness every single day, he was interviewed on the radio. As a result, he said, his mental health had improved significantly and he felt a renewed and changed man. His kindness had not only been a blessing to others – to friends, family, and strangers – but also to himself.

Kindness is kindled with one act – one smile, one cup of coffee – to one person.

We are entering spring/summer with fewer restrictions and more opportunities to carefully connect with others. May we, through God’s strength and leading, seek to be actively kind to everyone we encounter.


Rachael Orrell
CEO of Saltmine