“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” – Luke 6:31, NIV
Anna’s day was off to a rough start. She overslept and was late getting the kids out the door. Traffic was backed up and she realized she forgot to charge her smartphone’s battery. With no time to make coffee, she stopped at a drive through but when she went to pay her bill, the cashier let her know that the customer ahead of her had already paid her bill.
This simple act of kindness brought a smile to Anna’s face. Suddenly the day seemed a little better. So she decided to pay it forward and bought a cup of coffee for the person in line behind her. And for the rest of the day, she tried to look for little ways that she could help to brighten someone else’s day.
The holidays can be one of the difficult times of year for people who struggling with depression or are grieving. If you know that holidays are a hard time for you, start to think now about how you might pay it forward and do some random acts of kindness.
If you’re stuck for ideas, try doing one of these things:
- Pay for the coffee of the person behind you.
- Leave a big tip for your server.
- Write a sweet note and put it in your child’s backpack.
- Give a stranger a simple compliment.
- Call or message a friend going through a hard time.
- Invite friends who might be alone during the holidays over for coffee or a holiday meal.
Kindness doesn’t cost much and it only takes a few minutes to start a chain reaction of giving. The world needs it.
God, help me find small ways to give back to others. Show me how I can cheer up those around me who might be struggling.