~ Give someone a hug.
~ Hold the door open for someone.
~ Instead of scowling at a mother with a crying toddler, give her a pat on the shoulder and tell her you understand. Go even further and ask her if there's anything you can do to help. Maybe ask her for a shopping list and help her gather the things she needs while she tends to the child.
~ Leave a bag of groceries on someone's doorstep who is in need. Do the "knock and run" sort of thing, if you prefer, so it remains anonymous. This happened to my family when I was young. My parents were involved with Child Evangelism Fellowship at the time and we were down to butter and crackers for our evening meal. We prayed and thanked the Lord for what he had provided and heard a knock on our door. A sack of groceries was there, but no one to be seen. It was enough to get us through until my dad's next "paycheck" arrived in the mail.
~ There is an actual "Pay it Forward Day" that is set this year for April 26th. Here is a website dedicated to this day. It gives lots of suggestions and ideas for helping others: http://payitforwardday.com/ Of course, you don't need to wait until April 26th to bless someone else with an act of kindness.
~ Here is another website that also lists ideas to do for people you know, people you don't know, for our world, and for yourself (Yes, don't forget to treat yourself to something nice once in awhile, too!). This website not only shares ideas, but also has "Smile Cards" you can download and print out for free. These cards are not needed, of course, but they add a nice touch and serve as a reminder to someone who has been "tagged" with a random act of kindness: http://www.helpothers.org/cards.php
~ Here's one more website that "inspires people to practice kindness and pass it on to others." This website even shares lesson plans, crafts, and ideas for getting classrooms or groups of kids involved: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
Have fun with encouragement!
Thank you for sharing this Vicky! I think God is calling us to be Jesus to others! These are some great ways to do just that! Hugs to you today!ReplyDelete
I agree, Kelly! (And thanks for the "cyber hug!" Even those can help to make someone's day more special.)Delete
Amen! How will they see Jesus, if we do not reveal His Character! People know His love by seeing it this way!Delete
These are great ideas, Victoria!ReplyDelete