In the midst of a harsh political climate, social unrest, and a general state of cultural and personal brokenness, ‘kindness’ can feel a bit trivial, maybe even futile. But there is an unrecognized power in simple acts of kindness to make a world of difference in someone’s day and so, a difference in the world around us. While harnessing this power takes time and intention, kindness doesn’t have to cost a thing to reap many rewards. So for the month of February, we are challenging ourselves and you to throw kindness around like confetti—because, in Christ, there is always cause for love and celebration!
It takes time to build a new habit, but after 28 days spent looking for simple ways to brighten others’ days, you’ll likely have created a new routine. Perhaps, just as you would put on a shirt or socks each morning, you and your family will become just as accustomed to a pattern of kindness.
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Colossians 3:12, NIV).
As you ponder how you might clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience this month, consider joining us in trying these Random Acts of Kindness ideas—one for each day of February! We’d love to hear about your experiences as you go, so be sure to share in our Facebook Community Group!
- Send a handwritten note to someone who has impacted you
- Pay for someone else’s coffee
- Do a favor without asking for anything in return
- Pick up litter in a parking lot, park, or neighborhood
- Insert coins into someone’s parking meter
- Make a family member breakfast in bed
- Bake cookies for a neighbor
- Give a stranger a compliment
- Take the day to not complain
- Write a thank-you note to someone
- Clean up a mess you didn’t make
- Donate books to a library or doctor’s office
- Make someone a homemade gift or card
- Give a big tip at a restaurant
- Take someone flowers
- Tell three people something you admire about them
- Make all of your kids’ beds for them
- Buy a special treat for your kids or a coworker and leave it where they will find it.
- Call a friend to ask them how you can be praying for them
- Send dessert to another family’s table at a restaurant
- Take a couple of hours to sing songs or play games at a nursing home
- Leave an encouraging letter for someone in your household, taped to their door.
- Return someone’s cart for them at the grocery store
- Make an effort to find out something new about a coworker or neighbor
- Leave sticky notes in public restroom stalls with uplifting messages and Bible verses
- Praise a local business online
- Stop to remind a young mom she is doing a great job and these moments matter
- Give away your parking spot
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