Here’s a fun challenge. In the days ahead, how many of these simple and cheerful little tasks can you pull off? We spend the whole Christmas season preparing to bless one another. It’s ironic that so many people are so stressed by the process that they miss out on the true joy of giving….and receiving! By spreading these little “I’m thinking of you!” gifts throughout the coming days, you may encourage more than a few people!
2. Give groceries. Buy a bag of groceries and deliver them to a person or family who is struggling financially.
3. Give up your place. Allow extra time for your errands and allow someone who is in a hurry to go before you.
4. Mail a care package. Send a small care package to a soldier or college student that you know. Include goodies like mints, instant hot beverages, or even homemade cookies.
5. Buy and bring coffee. Bring a cup of coffee or tea to work (or school, or an appointment, etc.) to give to someone whom you appreciate.
6. Drop a gift off. Think of someone who is “uncelebrated.” Purchase a little candle, or scented soap, or gift to deliver, mentioning that they came to mind.
7. Mail a card. Send an old-fashioned Christmas card to someone who is hospitalized or in a retirement home if they are too far away to visit.
8. Give fruit. Bring a small homemade basket or bag of fruit to an elderly neighbor or friend from church.
9. Encourage over coffee. Meet someone for coffee or tea for an hour and focus on encouraging them and saying authentic and nice things to them.
10. Pray. Pray for someone that you usually don’t pray for. Text, email or contact them via social media and tell them.
You may end up being the one who experiences joy – through giving!
Nehemiah 8:10 says, “Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.’” Nehemiah got that our joy should overflow to touch those around us!
Even if you can only get to a few of these ideas, you will find that you may end up being the one who experiences joy–through giving! Squeeze in the most personally doable suggestions and your efforts will bring light wherever you bring your gift. God bless you as you seek Him regarding who to bless and how, and put John 13:35 into practice; “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”