My 21st birthday is coming up soon, and I’ve decided that in the month before my birthday, I want to do 21 acts of kindness. I figured that it’d be a way of being intentional about imaging my Savior and challenging myself to put the needs of others before my own.
I encourage you to check out my list below and join me in extra acts of service throughout the coming weeks.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:9-10.
ACTS OF KINDNESS
- Spend extra time in prayer. It may not seem like an “active” way of being kind, but I promise it’s the best thing you can do!
- Send someone a care package just because.
- Tidy up your living area (your parents, spouse, roommate(s), or whoever you happen to live with will appreciate it).
- Distribute Gospel tracts.
- Hand out snacks and water bottles to people waiting in line at the DMV.
- Help a family member or friend with an overwhelming task.
- Pay for the order of the person behind you in line at the coffee shop.
- Give a homeless person a meal.
- Text a friend that you haven’t talked to in a while.
- Leave simple notes of encouragement on the dashboards of cars parked in a parking lot.
- Take homemade baked goods somewhere (to police officers at a police station, firefighters at a fire department, healthcare workers at a hospital, construction workers at a construction zone…to just about anywhere where there are workers that you are grateful for).
- Leave your waiter or waitress a generous tip (or, if you’re not in a financial place to do that, write them a short thank you note instead).
- Invite an elderly person out to breakfast.
- Pay someone a genuine compliment on something other than their outward appearance.
- Send a child who needs some extra attention a snail-mail card.
- Make plans with someone that you’ve been putting off getting together with.
- Ask someone if you can help them with something and if the answer is yes, do so joyfully.
- Send a letter (or two) through More Love Letters. They’re a New York based nonprofit organization with the goal of bringing hope to the hurting. You can read more about their mission here.
- Surprise someone with their favorite treat.
- Lend a book that you enjoyed to a friend.
- Make a “Take What You Need” sign and hang it in a public place. Here’s an example of one that I made last year.
“…Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” James 2:17.
Disclaimer: The verse above does NOT in any way mean that our meritorious works contribute to our salvation. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). However, sanctification does necessarily flow from justification, and Holy Spirit driven good works are often a part of that.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS
What are some of your favorite ways to bless the people around you? Share them in the comments section below!