Readers of my books and my blog postings are all familiar with my message that we can offer acts of kindness daily as we go about our daily lives. We can lift the spirits of those around us; we can show Jesus' love; we can bring joy to others, simply by taking an extra moment to be kind.
When I offer specific actions and ideas on what actions we can take, I get tremendous feedback on the helpfulness of such lists. So, in that spirit, here are some thoughts:
Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
Bring doughnuts (or a healthy treat, like cut-up fruit) to work.
While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
Cook a meal or do a load of laundry for a friend who just had a baby or is going through a difficult time.
If you walk by a car with an expired parking meter, put a quarter in it.
Put your phone away.
Don’t interrupt when someone else is speaking. (Surprisingly few people master this.)
Let someone into your lane. They’re probably in a rush just like you.
Love One Another We were speeding along in the car pool lane when I noticed a motorcycle coming up behind us. I moved a little over to the left to allow him to pass more comfortably. As he passed he raised the three fingers on his left hand, as he held on to the handle bars. It was a signal of appreciation. It was love! That small gesture lifted my spirits for the next half hour or more. He might have been an ex-convict, or a bum of some kind. He might have been a godless atheist. Nevertheless, he has the love of God inside him and he sprinkled a little of that love on us as he passed.That is how easy it is to be an instrument of the Lord Jesus. And a person can be that even if he doesn't know it. We do want him to know, but he may not be open to that truth for a while.But he is far more than he thinks he is.