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.
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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