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When she turned 38 years old, Robyn Bomar decided to spend her special day doing 38 random acts of kindness for others. She put money in parking meters, rounded up shopping carts in a store parking lot, and gave balloons to children who were shopping with their parents. She had not planned to say anything about it, but her husband convinced her to write about it on her blog. Later that year, her family members did the same on their birthdays, and now many other people have joined what Bomar has termed, “The Birthday Project” by giving to others on their special day. The movement has been gaining momentum as more and more people hear about the idea and jump on board. Chapters promoting the idea have even been formed in some cities. Bomar says it is a simple idea which anyone can do, and there are no rules. Sehadmits she doesn’t always understand it, but it is exciting to be part of. She adds, “It’s really about celebrating your life by pouring into the lives of others, whatever it means. For me, that means asking God; for everybody else it’s going to be different.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell

How One Woman's Birthday Kindness Sparked a Movement, by Gina Meeks, delicious/gqlf (Christian Headlines Top Headlines) , Accessed February 2, 2013.

Matthew 6:2-4 (ESV) (2) “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. (3) But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, (4) so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

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