Complimentary cups of coffee, free lunches, and other fun surprises were recently gifted to people throughout the Inland Empire as part of a special project launched by VantagePoint Church on December 13. Everyone attending services that Sunday was invited to partner with the church in an effort to spread love and cheer during the holiday season. Each individual was given a small red envelope containing $5, $10, or $20, and was asked to use the money to perform a random act of kindness.
The thought behind this project was that it would provide a ray of light in a world consumed by darkness. In the days that followed the distribution of the envelopes, stories of joy, hope, and excitement were shared. Wonderful conversations, unexpected connections, and emotional encounters occurred because of these random acts.
While we expected the project to positively impact the community, the reality is that the givers were affected even more! In fact, many went beyond the red envelopes and gave from their own pockets. Some individuals have even announced plans to incorporate random acts into their daily lives. The members of VantagePoint Church have discovered that kindness is contagious – and addicting!
As we enter this new year, newspaper headlines highlight the negativity that has infected society. From terrorist attacks and senseless crimes to political turmoil and general discord, it can often seem as if there is nothing we can do to combat the darkness in the world. But, there is. Luke 6:35 says, “Love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great.” After all, there is only one thing can truly defeat evil – the love of God!
VantagePoint Church meets at Roosevelt High School on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. and 11 a.m.