Random acts of kindness, pay it forward, do unto others... Whatever you want to call it, this is a great site for spreading kindness and bringing out the good in people!
Helpothers.org has made business cards with the idea that you "anonymously make someone smile with an act of kindness and leave behind a card asking them to keep the ripple going." You can download and print the cards yourself or order a set free of charge. They also have a "smile deck" you can find when you click on the "Kindness Ideas" tab. Each card has an idea of something you can do for others, our world, or yourself. You shuffle the cards and choose one to do. The website also has an area where you can share your experience or read stories shared by others who have been impacted by smile cards. Love the idea and what to connect with others doing the same?? Then, join a group of people dedicated to finding ways to make others smile. :)
I love the idea of showing love to others and want to model that for my children. God has called us to love one another. So often Christians get billed as anything but loving. I want to spread God's love with purpose and if I can do this in such a way that encourages others to show love and kindness, then I am all for it!
I won't pass a card for every act of kindness, nor will I do something to show love to others just so I can pass cards, but it can serve to help be more purposeful about finding ways to bless others. I think it is a great object lesson that can help develop a daily habit of looking beyond ourselves. It is also a hands on project for the kids as I continue to teach them and allow God to foster love and kindness for all people in their hearts.
The kids and I are working together this week to make our own deck of cards with ways they (at ages 2 and 3) can serve on each card. I'm calling it the Service Deck. I've made a note to blog about this more in a few weeks to share how it looks day to day.
For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into
an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.