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40 Acts – Day 35 – Stand Up, Stand Out

My challenge to you is this. Today make a note of three individuals: Someone the same age as you to be accountable to, someone younger than you to disciple and someone older than you to disciple and mentor you. I nearly forgot to post this.. My Age a friend Younger my daughter Older my Grandad

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40 Acts – Day 34 – Plant A Tree

Is there a local area near you that needs some TLC? Why not organise a community group to tidy it up? Alternatively, persuade your local Council to allow you to create a community orchard in your area. Could you offer to volunteer within a local school to encourage children to care for the natural environment? Whaaaat?!?! Ok so I highly …

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40 Acts – Day 33 – Use Your Influence

Consider the areas of your life in which you have some measure of influence. Perhaps you hold a position of responsibility at your child’s school, or at church. Maybe you write a blog that gets a lot of traffic. Perhaps you’re just naturally sociable and have a wide network of friends. Wherever your influence is, make a decision to use …

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40 Acts – Day 32 – Say No To Plastic

Reduce your use of throw-away plastic. Next time you go shopping, take your own reusable bags with you. Replace the plastic cups at work with mugs. Look at the amount of plastic packaging used for food products before you take them off the supermarket shelf. If you’re hoarding used plastic bags at home, take them for recycling. We have one …

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40 Acts – Day 31 – Listen

Think of ways you can give others the opportunity to talk. Start by asking the next person who serves you in a shop or café how their day is going and make sure you really listen to their answer. This one got me thinking about how many people might be following and listening to these challenges from 40 Acts. As …

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40 Acts – Day 30 – Donate Blood

Visit fleshandblood.org to register online to give blood, make a date to donate or become an advocate for blood donation. Unfortunately I won’t be participating in this challenge. My blood is useless to me at the moment so won’t be any good for anyone. I’m always battling anaemia.

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40 Acts – Day 29 – Have A Car Free Day

Think about the way you use your car and consider alternatives to all those journeys. Could you walk, cycle, go by bus or train? If you really have to use the car, think about car sharing. Designate one day a week a ‘car-free zone’. I had a car free day today. Not out of choice really… I usually have to …

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40 Acts – Day 28 – Let Them Choose

This is today’s challenge: Find someone to relinquish your time to today and let them choose the activity. Help a neighbour in need for as long as the task takes, then seek out another task to help them with. Spend the day taking someone on an outing. Put yourself at the beck-and-call of your friend, your spouse, your grandmother. Do …

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40 Acts – Day 27 – Make Something

Get creative and have a go at making personalised cards. If you’re even more creatively gifted, why not paint, cook or knit something as a special gift for someone? I’m going to bake flapjacks tomorrow evening. I feel in the mood for flapjacks and because I’m so kind I’ll share with my family.

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40 Acts – Day 26 – Go Screen Free

Come up with a ‘screen-free’ plan and decide how you’ll spend that time with others instead. A world with no screens? I’ve said this before on my blog – I think technology is a good thing! We shouldn’t be trying to go back to the days when everyone played board games etc. That’s just not the way this world is …

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40 Acts – Day 25 – Share A Good Joke

Think of your favourite joke, and share it with someone today. Make it your Facebook status, or perhaps tell it over a meal tonight. Have a back-up in case it doesn’t work, and make your back-up a deliberately unfunny joke. That way if your first one falls flat, you and your audience can unite over how bad the second one …

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40 Acts – Day 24 – Take Someone New

Scan the current offerings and look for a film with a little depth to it. You might want to read a couple of reviews before you go, to see if it’s going to be an appropriate film and also as fuel for conversation later. Get a group together and make a point of inviting some new people. Other ideas: think …

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40 Acts – Day 23 – Clear Out Your Wardrobe

Have a clear out today. Why not organise a clothes swap with people donating £1 or more per item traded? Whatever you do, keep it simple and give the money to a charity you want to support I cleared out P1s clothes last week – bagged up ready for P2. I then started on P2s – she has so many! …

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40 Acts – Day 22 – Love Your Church

Visit your local church. If you wish, you can offer more. A flower arrangement? A meeting or supper held in your house? A standing order or one-off donation? A meal out for the vicar, spouse and children? By all means pledge a gift of time or food or money or love, once a year on Mothering Sunday I promised myself …

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40 Acts – Day 21 – Say Thank You

Think about those people who’ve helped you or had a positive influence on your life. Phone, write a letter or even visit them to say ‘thank you’. Remember the small things too – the everyday things which deserve a ‘thank you’. I sent an email to my OH this morning thanking him for literally everything. I didn’t just say “thank …

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