There is MUCH more impact & power in randomness;
In a person thinking of, and honoring someone JUST BECAUSE!
Recently a beautiful young lady spent HER birthday honoring people. 19 acts of kindness for her 19th birthday. Our family was one of the recipients...
I KNOW I don't have to explain how my family felt (you guessed it - I bawled like a baby). When we received our package, we were reminded to pause, eat some candy and have family silly time. We wouldn't have otherwise that day - but it was an ordained moment where God spoke through our friend & her gift to remind us that a way through stress is taking time for fun...and most of all, WE ARE LOVED.
As the body of Christ, we need each other. We need her, she needs us & our family needs each other...
God is always working on our behalf, and working through us and others to work on His behalf.
Because we live in the self-help society, we tend to muscle through our situations, but it's like a deep fresh breath blown on us when receive support from others.
And the flip side is, when we take time out of our stresses, life & rat-race to focus on others, we are fulfilling the scripture mandate. God gives His love FREELY and without stipulation, all He asks is that we give it away, and remind others of this love.
Some tips to bring this amazing power to others...
- Make a dinner for a family - not because they're in need, but just because.
- Send a card in the mail to someone you haven't spoken with in a while - just because.
- Give a card & gift certificate to offer babysitting - just because.
- Give a Starbucks gift card (or ice cream - yum!) - just because.
- Send encouragement card to pastor, missionary, or boss - just because.
What if we were to do what my friend did for her birthday, for Valentine's Day...celebrate it by celebrating others???
If you have a significant other - do it together! Find someone (or many) who needs to be riminded they are LOVED.