I’ve been using a devotional recently called “The One Year Daily Acts of Kindness Devotional” by Julie Fisk, Kendra Roehl, and Kristin Demery. These women were concerned about the attitude their children displayed about Christmas — begging for the newest toy, complaining about what they couldn’t do or didn’t receive. They decided to combat this tendency each family would do one kind act each day during the Christmas season and post about it on social media to encourage others. Their report? It changed them all much more than they expected. They saw their relationship with God grow as they put their faith into action with simple acts of kindness. It evolved into the devotional which gives many good suggestions for intentionally showing kindness. Here are some of the Advent Acts of Kindness listed at the end of the book:
- Write encouraging notes to place in your children’s lunch boxes
- Buy or make treats for your coworkers
- Send cards and supplies to servicepersons or veterans through organizations like Operation Gratitude or the USO
- Babysit for free for a single mom or young couple so they can have a night out
- Take cookies or other homemade gifts to your neighbors
- Drop off boxes of tissues at a local school to help replenish their supplies
- Write a note to a business, recognizing an employee by name and commending them for excellent service
- Invite someone who may be lonely to dinner
- Donate pet food to the local humane society
- Go caroling in your neighborhood or at a local nursing home
These are only a few suggestions to be found in the book, and once you start, you will be able to come up with lots of ideas of your own.
Christmas has become a time that is often filled with stress and rudeness. Shoppers are harried, store employees tired out and irritable, travelers impatient. Why not go against the flow and spread kindness instead?
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly I say to you, as you did to one of the least of these, my brethren, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40