Ever wonder what would happen if you decided to just demonstrate kindness in a personal way to those around you? This week I read an article about the #AJO movement. Have you seen what one set of grief stricken parents started almost by happenstance?…… Backstory here:
Alyssa Josephine O'Neill was a normal, outgoing teenager, a cheerleader at her Erie, Pennsylvania high school, and was preparing for her freshman year at The Behrend College. She had been diagnosed with epilepsy in January 2012, but didn't let that stop her from enjoying her life……
On September 3, Alyssa texted her mom asking if they could go to Starbucks so she could try a Pumpkin Spice Latte for the very first time, but they never got the chance. The next day, the 18-year-old passed away from an epileptic seizure.
"We tried to think of something that we could do that would be a little bit positive," her father Jason O'Neill told us in a Skype chat. He and his wife, Alyssa's mother Sarah, went to their local Starbucks and bought Pumpkin Spice Latte for themselves, as well as the next 40 customers. All they asked of the baristas was that they write #AJO on the cups, and explain to the customers why their drink was free.
So back to us, what would it take to change the life of one person completely anonymously? Could you do it? I know you can, so here's a challenge:
1) Pray for an opportunity to do something for others in a surprising way.
2) Take a leap of faith and just do it.
3) Send us an email telling about the experience….. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tommy Tenney wrote about a woman that stoped his wife in the grocery store just to ask what was different about her. Wouldn't it be great if we had people talking about something life and community changing happening in Katy. And would't it be really awesome if no one other than God knew how it started.
I think COTHA is up for the challenge…..
BTW - If you are interested here is the website - http://ajoforever.com/