We are always in a hurry. Ever since I was involved in a Random Acts of Kindness Scavenger Hunt a couple weeks ago, I've been more aware of this. Just watch the people around you as you run your errands. Everyone is in such a hurry that they barely have time to look at someone and smile.
My girlfriend came up with this idea for our small group to do. She came up with most of the ideas herself but said she did find a few on Pinterest.
We had an hour and 15 minutes to complete as many Acts of Kindness as we could. Of course we had to have photo documentation, which probably was the worst part. It kind of takes away from the kindness when you do something nice for someone and someone is snapping pictures while you do it.
That's why I thought this would also be a great idea for a date night with your husband or maybe even one of your kids or a whole family outing! Or just think how great it would be if in your daily life you were slowing down, aware of the people around you and being kind! Ever since doing this with our friends, I have definitely been more aware and have been trying not to be in such a rush everywhere I go.
Here is the list my friend made up but really the list could be endless. I did change a few things just because she had a lot of specific places to go.
- Help someone bag their groceries at Aldi.
- Hand out flowers to random people at the store.
- Place Christmas cards and invites to our church's Christmas Eve service on cars in a parking lot.
- Go through drive thru and pay for the person behind you.
- Buy coffee for a Salvation Army bell ringer.
- Leave quarters for someone at the Laundromat.
- Leave coloring books and crayons in a waiting room.
- Tape quarters to a vending machine.
- Buy a gift card at a store and give it to the person behind you.
- Buy a bottle of water and gum for a clerk at the grocery store.
- Hand out balloons to kids shopping with their parents at the grocery store.
- Push carts back inside at a store.
- Give coupon to a table at a restaurant.
- Drop coins at a playground for kids to find.
- Send a text to someone you think needs a lift. Tell them that you will be praying for the throughout the week and include scripture.
Here are some more that I thought of:
Give someone your cart at Aldi and DON'T take their quarter. (I actually love doing this!)
Take some one's cart from them after they load their car and bring the cart back for them.
Pick up garbage that you see lying around.
Help an elderly person.
Smile at people and say "Hi!"
Let others go first.
Hold the door for someone.
Another way our family has been blessed this month is through an assignment Alex, Amanda, and Joshua were given at school. Their teacher gave each student in their class $5 to bless someone. We had a lot of fun thinking of ideas and bringing gifts to others.
Joshua brought Football cards to a little boy that has been going through intensive treatments for cancer. We have been praying for this boy for months now and they were so excited to go and meet him.
Alex wanted to bring flowers to a woman that we have also been praying for that has cancer. We were able to bring her the flowers and sit down and have a cup of tea with her.
Amanda really wanted to buy gifts for kids at the hospital but was disappointed that she wouldn't be able to give the gifts to the kids herself. She then decided to buy a Poinsettia plant for our neighbor and we brought them some cookies too. They are new neighbors of ours and he has been in and out of the hospital this fall.
It's been a huge blessing to our family to take time out of our busy schedules to think about others, take the time to go and sit with them for a little while. I definitely want to add this to the things we do every year at Christmas time and even throughout the year.
As you go through the busyness of this season, remember to take time out for others around you and show them the Love of Christ.
"For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another."
1 John 3:11