Friday, February 3, 2012

Grow: Showing Love through Planned Acts of Kindness

It's February again, which means it's the season of love, or at least celebrating love. Hearts are strewn everywhere; the world is painted with pink and red. But for me, I don't want to be caught up in the commercialism of this holiday. But at the same time, I don't want to ignore the opportunity to show love and appreciation either. I want to take the time to give of my excess (time, money, food, clothing) to show others that I love them.

And it doesn't have to be hard to show love. In fact, I think love is more readily felt in the little things you do for another.
The phrase is usually "random acts of kindness" but I find it better to plan on them. If I plan on them, then I am more likely to actually follow through and do it and not just think about all the things I coulda, shoulda, woulda.

So let's take a moment to brainstorm:
  • Instead of buying a drink at the coffeehouse, deposit the money you would have spent in the tip jar. 
  • Send a thank you note to a friend or neighbor. Thank them for being in your life and not for a specific favor they did for you.
  • Make a phone call to a friend you haven't talked to in a while. Pray with them while you are still on the phone.
  • Tuck a love note into a love one's briefcase or wallet just to say "I love you."
  • Preload a vending machine with money for the next person.
  • Pay for the toll for the person behind you.
  • Cook your family's favorite meal.
  • Fill out a comment form at a grocery store saying how helpful the checker was for you today.
  • Tape unused coupons to their specific items in the grocery store to help out those who need that item.
  • Buy a flower and leave it on someone's doorstep.
  • Write a thank you note to your mail carrier. Attach cookies if you are in a "bakey" mood.
You can and should do all of these things in the sight of your children. They need to see that you care about those around you, and you should talk about it. Kindness is something learned, so we need to teach it and teach it often.

God said that when we are kind and show love to those around us, no matter how unimportant they seem, we are doing it for Him. That seems like a good enough reason to do it to me.

How do you plan to show kindness today?

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  1. Enjoyed your post:) Very nice to meet you. My intentional/random act of kindness today will be to make a phone call to an older member of our church family, find out what's happening in her life and pray with her. Thanks for the nudge:)

    1. That's a great idea! I am sure that both you and her will be blessed. I'm glad I could be an encouragement for you. :) And I think I'll write a thank you note right now. I need to make sure I take my own advice, too. :)

  2. Christina, I am planning to do something for some of the widows at church for Valentine's day, I'm just not sure what yet. I thought it must be a pretty rough day/ season for a widow.

    Today, I'm babysitting for a friend.


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