Yesterday was my birthday. I am officially in the last year of my 20’s. My 20’s have been crazy. It has been a crazy 9 years. I have had 3 children, been divorced and remarried, started a career and ended a career, became a stay-at-home mom, bought my first house… those are just some of the big ones. So much has happened. So many wonderful things, so many hard things. I have made so many mistakes, I have grown so much, and I am loving the person I am becoming. I am extremely excited about this last year of being in my 20’s. I can’t wait to see what God has for me and my family, I feel like I am in the best place I have ever been in, which is such a wonderful feeling to have.
For my birthday this year all I wanted t do was go around doing random acts of kindness. This can be hard with having three small children with me, but I thought it would be fun to include them and have them be a part of this. We spent the week leading up to my birthday brainstorming and coming up with ideas we would like to do, and then the afternoon of my birthday we went into town and spent as long as the littles could handle walking around and doing these things.
It was so fun, and really fulfilling. I think my favorite part of doing this was teaching my kids to be thoughtful. So many small and big lessons can come from this. One of the things we did was put money and a note in different baggies and taped them to different vending machines. My oldest was concerned that someone would just take the money for whatever they wanted, instead of buying a treat out of the vending machine. I got to explain to her that when we do kind things for others, we don’t always get to the see benefit of it, or know how it affected them or even who it may affect, but that doesn’t change the kind thing we are doing. Even if someone sees the money there, and decides to just pocket it and not use it on the vending machine, we still put our kindness out there and blessed someone. That is all it is about. Blessing others and showing kindness to the world. My kids told me they had so much more fun than they thought they were going to have. I could tell even at 4 and 8 years old , that being kind and giving was a fulfilling thing for them as well.
Some of the things we did were:
- Put treats and a thank you note in the mailbox for our mailman
- Go to Dutch Brothers and pay for the person on the other side of the stand
- Go to a drive through fast food restaurant, go straight to the paying window, and pay for the person behind us
- Printed out encouraging one liners and some bible verses, and put them on people’s cars
- Write encouraging notes on post its and put them on public bathroom mirrors
- Tape baggies with money and a note in them to different vending machines and also kid rides in the mall
- Put some cash in the pockets of a couple different pairs of pants at a store
- Picked up litter
We had a list of more things, but doing those above with three kids who also needed some breaks mixed in to just have fun, took a couple of hours. The kids were exhausted and couldn’t handle much more, but have already asked if we can do this type of thing more often. Some of the other ideas we have on our list that we want to get done included:
- Bring flowers and a thank you card to the police station/fire department
- Sponsor a child financially in a different country
- Leave flowers on people’s porches
Something we hadn’t planned on doing but took the opportunity when we saw it, was thank someone in the military for their service. My eight-year-old was so nervous but pushed through her fear and did it all by her self. She is a very shy girl and I was so proud of her for doing it.
There are so many things we can do each and every day as an act of kindness. It doesn’t have to cost you money. It can be as simple as holding the door open for someone, thanking someone in the military for their service, cleaning up litter. There are so many things that can be done. What are some random acts of kindness ideas you have?
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.