We’re back to the apps! What’s your favourite app? Currently I’m back on Subway Surfer – I know, it’s really old, but I didn’t play it for ages, and now I’m just rediscovering it… I had to delete my last “favourite app” because I may have gotten slightly addicted to it. You can definitely have too much of a good thing.
Everyone should always take time away from their phone or computer and spend time with God, friends and family. But apps don’t have to be a time waster. We can make the most of the opportunity they give us to connect with others, learn about and impact the world around us. Last week, I looked into apps to help us act justly. If you missed out on that one, you can read it HERE.
This week, I’m continuing with our Lord’s requirements from Micah 6:8. Our Lord wants us to love mercy. In Matthew 5:7 Jesus says: “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy,” and in Luke 6:36, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” It seems like mercy is important, but what IS mercy?
Dictionary.com says that mercy is defined as:
1. Compassionate or kindly forbearance shown toward an offender, an enemy, or other person in one’s power; compassion, pity, or benevolence.
2. The disposition to be compassionate or forbearing.
It might not seem like there are too many people in our power, but there are definitely ways we can show compassion to people who are less fortunate. Here are some apps we can use to help us out.
1. Charity Miles
This one will help you keep fit AND show compassion!
Ready to become a sponsored athlete? Simply turn on the app, choose a charity, and press start. As you exercise, we’ll track your distance and the money earned. When you’re finished, accept your sponsorship, spread the word, and we’ll send you a note confirming your good work.
If anyone has ever participated in The Salvation Army’s Self Denial Appeal, this is kinda the app version of that. The deal is, you give up buying something, and make it yourself instead. Then, you donate the money you saved. Why not check it out?
3. Malaria Hunter
Help combat malaria by finding hidden parasites!
Malaria Hunter uses crowdsourcing data to diagnose malaria. Players join a global force of Malaria Hunters to find hidden parasites in real blood images. By playing the game, you are helping make malaria diagnosis more accessible and affordable for real patients around the world.
4. Compassion Magazine
Compassion Magazine takes you deeper into the world of children living in poverty with powerful ways to connect, including stories, photos and videos. For kids and younger teens.
5. Pay It Forward
Have you ever seen the movie “Pay It Forward”? It’s a bit old, but a really cool story about how a kid uses a school assignment to change the world. This app uses the same idea – that by passing on acts of kindness, the world can be a better place.
The Pay it Forward app will send you a daily suggestion with an act of kindness that is designed to be simple, fun and effective. Keep track of your progress as you go and share your progress with your friends and family.
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