Over the years, the phrase “random acts of kindness” has become familiar to many of us. From television commercials to sermons at church, we have been encouraged to do simple, ordinary things for others that would be nice or kind. And, it is even better if the act is anonymous.
I remember years ago when I was a PTA president at my daughters’ middle school and we ran a random acts of kindness campaign with the students. They loved looking for ways to show kindness to each other and loved it even more when the teachers passed out coupons they could redeem for candy!
I think most of us are like those middle school students…. we enjoy opportunities to be friendly, generous, and considerate (and we like receiving candy!)
So, how can we show kindness to others?
Here’s a start for your own random acts of kindness campaign:
- Start small- freely pass out smiles and hugs, open the door for others, or move over a lane in traffic and allow cars to merge easily.
- Offer to do a chore or task that would take a load off a stressed out family member or friend. You might mow a neighbor’s yard, fill up your husband’s car, do your daughter’s laundry- anything unexpected, even something small, will be huge to the person receiving it!
- Write a note to a family member or friend. A random act of kindness goes beyond a thank you note or birthday card. Send a co-worker a note telling them how much you value their talents and input. Leave your husband a note by the coffee maker telling him how amazing he is…just because! Let that teenager at church know how special you think they are with a mailed letter (maybe stick in a gift card to a favorite restaurant)
- Your time is one of the greatest acts of kindness you have! Stop by and visit the elderly neighbor who doesn’t get out much. I’m sure she’d love to chat. And maybe there are other things you and your family/friends could do to serve her.
- Some random acts of kindness will have a cost. Through prayer, you can discern when you are being asked to pay someone’s electric or grocery bill. Or maybe pick up diapers for the young couple that have a newborn. You may be led to give deep- God will nudge you with those concerns- be ready!
This is just a starter list of ways to show random acts of kindness. You may want to sit down with your family, small group, or Bible Study and make a list of ways you’d like to show and spread kindness. Be intentional and give these acts a timeframe or date. Be ready to bless someone…and that person will be you!
Share your random acts of kindness in the comment section below. Your ideas may spark someone else into action!