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This Lenten Season, Pay It Forward

March 12th, 2019     By Father Steven Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys Town

Family Home Program, Father Boes, Village of Boys Town

There's an old insurance company commercial that I still really like because it had such a great message about looking out for each other. It's all about how "paying it forward" through simple acts of kindness can influence others to do the same. Watch the video

As we celebrate this Lenten season, I mention this commercial because of what Jesus said in Matthew 6:1-6:

"Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people will see them."

When was the last time you did something nice or good partly because you wanted someone to notice? I know this is something many of us – me included – struggle with; it's our human nature to want some kind of recognition or praise when we do a good deed.

At Boys Town, we teach the girls and boys in our care that true character is revealed in what a person does when no one is watching. That means doing something good or helping others simply because it's the right thing to do, not because we're looking for a pat on the back.

When you serve others, it sets a wonderful example for your kids and helps build character. So rather than just giving up a favorite food or a favorite activity this Lent, I challenge you to find a different way each day to "pay it forward" to someone. It doesn't have to be anything big – it can be something as simple as saying hello to a co-worker you usually rush by in the morning or leaving a love note to your wife or husband on the bathroom mirror.

Even when no one is watching, no good deed ever goes unnoticed.

This idea of doing good and giving back is something that many of our kids embrace and carry on into their careers as they grow. Here are a few examples of Boys Town grads who are Paying It Forward:



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