My fondest memories while growing up were the ones that were spent together as a family. I remember going out on family outings every weekend. We would do different things together like go to the park or go swimming in the ocean. We also learned new things like how to fish, ride our bikes and even learned a little book keeping at my father’s office. What I enjoyed the most was doing things together that made us laugh, grow and enjoy each others company. Those memories I will forever treasure!
Spending time as a family is very important to me. Now that I have my own family I want to create memories with them just like my parents did with me. I want us to be able to spread joy, kindness, and love not just within our own family but also with those around us. I want US to be a blessing to others.
“Be kind to one another.” Ephesians 4:32
So I have taken it a step further where doing “random acts of kindness” has become a way of life. It is part of our family lifestyle. What I mean by family lifestyle is that it is rooted in our belief and faith in Jesus Christ.
So we prayerfully look for opportunities to be kind to those around us. There are so many creative ways to incorporate random acts of kindness in our everyday lives. You may already be doing random acts of kindness everyday and don’t realize that you are doing it.
I would like to share with you some fun ways that your family can do as random acts of kindness towards others. I hope this will spark up your own ideas as to how your family can turn random acts of kindness into a lifestyle.
Intentional ways on how your family can turn random acts of kindness into a lifestyle with everyday people.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
Family and Friends
- Set the table for dinner
- Do someone else’s chore
- Text/call a friend and see how they are doing
- Tell a joke
- Draw a picture for a friend
- Give a hug
- Help with the dishes
- Share a toy with a friend
- Call a relative you haven’t spoken to for a while and see how they are doing
- Read a book to your little brother/sister
- Help make dinner
- Make a get well care for a sick relative/friend
- Compliment a friend or family member
- Leave a “I love you because…” note for your child or husband/wife to find
- Tell your children/wife/husband “I Love You!”
- Hold the door open for someone
- Smile at others
- Let someone go ahead of you at the register
- Put money on a stranger’s layaway bill
- Pay for their coffee at a coffee shop
- Pay for their meal
- Make a card for a soldier
- Say “Good Morning” and “Thank You”
- Bring muffins to work
- Pass out stickers to children while they wait in line at the store
- Pay for someone’s toll
- Go to a dog park and pass out dog treats
- Encourage a mom with a screaming child at the store
- Help someone get an item on the top shelf if they can’t reach
- Buy a bouquet of sunflowers and go around a pass them out to others
- Pass out cold water bottles on a hot day at a park
Elderly and widows
- Help them with their yard work
- Accompany them to do their groceries
- Visit with them
- Bring them a meal
- Invite them over for a meal with your family
- Help them load their groceries in their car
- Make them a card
- Pay them a compliment
- Make them a scarf
- Give them flowers
- Give them a smile when passing by
- Pay for their meal at a restaurant
- Pray with them
Community care/volunteer – (Make sure to call ahead and let them know what you would like to do in case there are guidelines you need to follow.)
- a nursing home– bring birthday balloons, hand made cards and sing Happy Birthday to those that are celebrating a birthday that month.
- a children’s hospital– bring goodie bags filled with a box of crayons, coloring/puzzle book, craft kit, fuzzy socks and a personal note.
- the breast cancer unit at the hospital– create a small gift bag with an encouraging note/poem, an adult coloring book, color pencils, hand lotion and fuzzy socks.
- the police/fire station– take them bake goods or a hot meal and thank them for their service.
- your library-make a fruit salad and take small plates and forks along with a thank you card.
- the local food pantry– donate food items
- your post office– take them some yummy bake goods
- a local animal shelter– take supplies that they are in need of
Neighbors– This group is often over looked and although as Christians everyone is our neighbor, I’m dealing with those in very close proximity.
- Have a game night
- Have a B.B.Q and invite them over
- If you have a personal garden make a basket of vegetables and share with them
- Ask them if they have any prayer requests and pray with them
- Do yard work for them
- Invite them over for breakfast
- If your neighbor have children bless them with some books
- Cook them a meal
There is so many more ways we can show kindness to others so let those creative juices flow. I encourage you to sit down with your family and come up with your own list. Be creative and think outside the box. Think of things you enjoy doing as a family and see how you can turn those things into a random acts of kindness.
Also keep a journal of the dates, different things you have done, what was the person’s reaction, what did you learn, and anything else you want to record. This would make such a special keepsake to have and to be able to look back on with your children years down the road.
“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Mark Twain
I hope this has inspired you to look out for opportunities to bless others and to add more random acts of kindness into your daily life. Go now and create wonderful memories that your family will cherish for years to come!
More Random Acts of Kindness
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