“Do all things in Love.”
1 Corinthians 16:14
One day right before Christmas I went shopping with all four of my children, yes all four! Phew! I know kinda crazy, huh? I just had to go to the store for some last minute things for Christmas. The store was super busy with last minute shoppers like myself of course, Christmas music was playing, and you could just feel the excitement of Christmas. There was just no time to lose. My husband was working late that day, so I didn’t have a choice. As I started to gather my last minute items, for some “unknown” reason, my children started to misbehave. And I had only been there 10 minutes! Well needless to say, even though I needed to get those last minute items for Christmas. As calmly and quickly as I could, I set everything down and headed towards the front of the store. My 3 year old son started crying loudly because he didn’t want to leave. He was really looking forward to seeing all of the Christmas decorations.
We were almost out of the store when I noticed a woman looking at me in the most unpleasant possible way ever, almost as if to say, “how dare you bring those children to the store.”
Sadly, there was no look of understanding or compassion, just the look of “get that kid outta here” kind a look. I was already feeling awful about the whole mess that just happened with my children, and upset that I couldn’t get the things I needed and now this? So I just focused on getting out of the store, and I tried not to let it bother me. Even though it really did.
And even though all that craziness happened. I gathered myself together so as to not be angry at the whole situation.
And then, a most awesome idea came to my mind!
So I thought it would be great for our family to start thinking of others by doing 5 Random Acts of Kindness (or more) each month. I thought this would be a wonderful way to model and instill kindness into these little hearts. Then they can experience how wonderful it is to see faces light up when they are treated and made to feel special.
After all, that is what we all long for:
to feel loved and special.
Each month I will have a list for you to download.
“Live a life of love….”
Here is the list for the month of January:
1. Smile and Give Hugs often.
2. Deliver flowers unexpectedly to Grandma. (Grandma if you are reading this, pretend it is still a surprise.) wink, wink.
3. Hold the door open for others when we are at a store, library, restaurant, ect…
4. Pick up trash at the park, playground, beach, school, ect… including our own.
5. Remember to say, “Please and Thank you.”
You can download the list here:
This is going to be so much fun! I just can’t wait to get started! It’s the little things that make a huge difference in this life. (smile)
Now I will read the list to my family and discuss with them how these simple, yet so impacting Random Acts of Kindness are. Putting a smile on someone’s face, and making their day a little brighter! How great is that? And it will put a smile on ours too. And who knows, just like I was having a hard time at the store that day, maybe we can also help someone that is having a bad day have a happy one instead.
I would like to challenge you and your family to do 5 Random Acts of Kindness a month as well. Keep it simple. Remember a little goes a long way.
And please share with me any other ideas or ways of Random Acts of Kindess that you and your family have come up with. I would love to hear all about them!
Have fun bringing some sunshine into the world, and making people smile!
In His Love,