Gratitude Prompt ~ The Kindness Challenge

Top of the morning, to ya!

My friends and I are doing a devotional together right now called, ‘Be Loved. 25 Simple Acts of Love to Change a Life’. Each devotional is a challenge to do something loving and kind.

Look at the world around you, love and kindness are not even in the vocabulary of people right now. And guess what? We cannot change the world, but we can spread a little bit of love and kindness in our own part of the world.

I was challenged to spread a little bit of joy, now I challenge you to do the same. Here are some top ways to spread some love and kindness.

Be generous with your self-talk

Before we are kind and loving with other people, we should be kind to ourselves. We are our own worst critic; and sometimes dwell too much on our faults and flaws.

We have thoughts that run around in our minds…If I was smarter, I wouldn’t have___, or if I was better I could_____. Or, if only I had more faith. If only I was taller. Or thinner. If only…If only…we could spend a lifetime saying those two words.

But we shouldn’t, God created us in His image, therefore we are just as we should be. God does not make worthless things, we are part of His creation, don’t criticize His work.

Be kind to yourself, and take a moment to think of the positive things about yourself.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made

Write a simple note of thankfulness to someone you haven’t before

Wherever or whomever it might be, there is an abundance of people who make life a little better, let them know they are appreciated and that you are thankful for them.

“Kind words are like honey

they cheer you up and make you feel strong.”

Proverbs 16:24

Be generous with your compliments to others

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, when we go out and do our “daily duty” of going to work or the store, we are often focused on one thing; ourselves. We don’t see the people around us, but what if we were to open our eyes to those around us and see the beauty in others? What if we slowed down long enough to see something nice in others?

Maybe you like someone’s nail color, shoes, or compliment how effective an employee was getting the job done well. Being generous may not feel natural at first, but it’s a simple way to love others well.

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

 Ephesians 4:29

Reach out to a civic leader and let him or her know you are praying for him or her

I am sure there is often a thing or two we would love to tell our local leaders or officials, and it might not be a kind word. But the Bible tells us that those in leadership have been placed there under the sovereign hand of God. It also tells us to pray for them. Whether we agree with them or not.

God put that person in that position of influence. So, we need to respect them, no matter what we think of them.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

1 Timothy 2:1-2

Smile and say “Hi” to everyone you pass

Nowadays, you never know if a person is smiling or not, due to the delightful face masks we wear. But we can still speak. Albeit a little difficult sometimes. When we pass someone in a parking lot, or in the store or wherever, say hi. You never know how a kind word can brighten someone’s day.

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’”

Psalm 126:2

Introduce yourself to someone who lives near you who you don’t know

We all have neighbors in some sort of way. They either live next door, across the street or if you live in the country, a couple of miles down the road.

However far away they live, do you know them? There may be someone who lives near you, who might need a friend or a touch of kindness.

Think about who is in your neighborhood that you don’t know yet. It might be someone you regularly see walking his or her dog or the person who lives three doors down that you have yet to meet.

Muster up the courage to walk across the street or down the hallway and engage them in conversation. You never know what good things might happen.

“Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.”

Romans 12:10

Let someone go in front of you in line

This again comes under being caught up in our own world and not seeing our fellow humans around us.

If you have a cart-full and the person behind you has just a couple of things, let that person go ahead of you.

That simple act of kindness often catches people off guard, they are surprised and quite happy.

If you were that person with only a couple things, behind someone who had an overflowing cart, you would be slightly irked. So, be nice and let that person go ahead of you.

And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

Luke 6:31

Spread Kindness

If we do something kind and loving for someone, that someone would feel good and then they might do something kind for someone else. It can spread very quickly; someone just has to start it. Why not you?

It takes the same amount of energy to tear someone down and be rude, then to build someone up and be nice

Last Weeks Posts:

Monday’s Devotional: Just a Reminder – God Is There

Wednesday’s Post: Thoughts from a Bloggers Notebook Part 2