Cultivating Kindness

6.   Kindness is an Act of Worship for those who love God. 

John 21:15  

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

1.   Send paper birthday cards to friends and family throughout this New Year, because it makes us feel special when our grandmothers send them to us.

2.   Tip Big.  Cherry Dollface   beat me to this one earlier this week, but, honestly, it was going to be my next Cultivating Kindness.  The commitment is to leave as big a tip as you can when visiting a place where a tip a usually given, like Starbucks or the hairdresser.  Carry a wad of dollars in your purse or something like that.  The coffee places usually have a tip jar near the register, maybe so less kind customers don't swipe the tip off the table after you leave.

3.   Say "Hello!"  Look people in the eye, wave, and greet them.  It was bizarre coming from a small town where everyone does this to a place where you sit on a bench with someone and are treated like you do not exist.  Think it's weird?  Well, some will treat you like you're weird for saying, "Hi," but most of the people have looked startled and then delighted.  Give it a try.  ;)

4.   Compliment someone who cares for children.  It's very hard work to be a parent or a grandparent raising a child, a teacher, a single dad, a foster mom, an aunt who steps in to help.  Often, their sacrifices go unnoticed.  If you see one, say something like, "Wow, that child is so blessed to have you caring for him!"

5.   Go overboard for the holidays, just like a lot of grandmothers do.  Give out chocolate bunnies and marshmellow peeps.  Make a child feel special.

"Love is patient, love is kind."

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