Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of photos floating around of people performing random acts of kindness or ‘paying it forward’. Isn’t it amazing how just a small gift or someone taking time out of their day to be thoughtful makes a world of difference? Today I’m going to be sharing some that I have seen and done recently, so I hope this inspires you to come up with some of your own! If you do decide to try some of these, be sure to post a photo and tag me on Twitter or Instagram so I can check it out!
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
1. Buy someone a cupcake.
No seriously, buy someone a cupcake. I dare you! They won’t be able to help but smile. This happened to me just yesterday. One of my friends at church had found a buy 1 get 1 deal at a local cupcakery, so she picked me up a gluten free one for me to enjoy. Brownie points (pun totally intended) for thinking about food allergies and intolerances.
2. Write a letter.
For those of you who have been following me from the beginning, you’ve probably remember the post I did on how I keep my letter writing organized. In a world of text messages and emails, a simple letter really does stand out. If you have kids, let them scribble a picture in the corner of the card. It gives it an extra touch of sparkle.
3. Pay for the person behind you.
I went to grab a cup of coffee the other day after school, and after all the blessings I’ve been given over the last few months, I wanted to do something nice for the person behind me. I went through the drive through, paid for mine as well as the person behind me, got my coffee, and quickly left so I wouldn’t get any awkward stares. LOL
One time, a lady handed me a five dollar bill with a gospel tract paper clipped to it, and she said, “I’m from ____ church, and I just wanted you to know that Jesus loves you. Please buy yourself a cup of coffee.” This was several years ago, and I was going through a hard time. I don’t remember the lady’s name or the church she went to, but I have never forgotten that act of kindness and the plan of salvation clearly presented on the tract.
4. Tape a dollar to a water bottle.
My sister saw this in a snack shop recently. Someone taped a dollar and a little note that said ‘pay it forward’ to a bottled water in the refrigerated section. She didn’t buy the water, but just seeing it made her day!
5. Help someone who forgot their wallet.
Not everyone can afford to do this one, and you have to be really careful as to not get taken advantage of, but this happened to me about a month ago. I was in target getting ready to buy a new laundry hamper and a few odds and ends. They rang up all of my items when to my dismay, I realized that I had completely forgotten my debit card at home. I had no other cash with me so I apologized and was getting ready to walk away when a couple behind me said, “We’re going to take care of it”.
I was totally shocked and didn’t know what to say at first. I told them that I couldn’t let them do that, but they insisted and told me that I had better come and get it because they didn’t have room in their car for it. They looked like they had just gotten off of work, and yet after a long day, they still made the time to think of someone else.
How about you? What are you doing for others today? Tell me about it in the comments below!
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