We often hear about people doing random acts of kindness.
Several years ago, one of the life groups in our church went to a local gas station and offered to pump gas for anyone who pulled up to the gas pumps. Granted, this is a service we either expect to pay extra for or we do ourselves. People didn’t know how to react when a church member offered to pump their gas for them.
We have adapted this attitude in our society that nothing is ever free. That is always has a price. And that is probably true in many cases. There’s always a catch, right?
Last month, my children’s school did a random acts of kindness project. They encouraged the children to be kind to each other, help one another, and do things without being asked or expected. When the time was up, they counted all those random acts of kindness and reached over a set goal of 100 acts of kindness.
I have many times been the receiver of a random act of kindness, as you may have too.
Kindness is contagious. Why not return it in kind?
I often listen to Klove during the day while I’m working. This week as they are raising funds to keep their radio station running for another year, but more so they’ve turned it into an opportunity to help children who need shoes. We don’t ever think about not having a pair of shoes. If you’re like my youngest daughter, you might even have a pair for everyday of the week.
Yesterday, my husband put a sign on the front door for us all to see before we go out the door. “Lower’s – Friendly”
When I asked him why he put that up, he said, “Because we need to teach our children Godly characteristics.”
And our daughter Bell hasn’t been very nice to anyone in our house for the past several weeks. (I’m told this is a pre-teen thing that all girls go through.)
Which gave me this idea. The Kindness Project
I received an email asking for handmade cards for a little girl who has stage 4 cancer. A card – just to brighten her day. I can do that.
So today, I’m starting the The Kindness Project.
What is it? Random acts of kindness.
When: Everyday if possible
How: Any way that you can. Use the talents that you have. Smile – someone is bound to smile back. Hold a door open for someone who has their hands full. Make a card. Call a friend you haven’t heard from in a while. Is your car dirty after the longs months of winter? Wash someone else’s car. You get the idea.
Today, I’m heading down to my craft room to make a card for a little girl. It doesn’t have to say anything grand, it just has to make her smile.
So what can you do?
My challenge to all of you…. be kind today.
and the next day…
and the day after that…