Our circumstances changed and I had to find a new normal. Instead of nutcracker ballets and gingerbread decorating classes, I had to get creative. I read about an idea online and thought it was a good fit. It was life changing.
The idea was simple. Everyday in December, bless someone with a RAK…Random Act of Kindness. We looked around our house for things to give away and scrimped our grocery budget to buy treasures. We put candy canes on windshields and took coffee and baked goods to neighbors and friends. The thrill of sneaking around and trying not to get caught was exhilarating. What I thought was done for fun ended up being much more. Our focus switched from the “give-me” of Christmas to a daily quest for someone to bless.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16
As I ponder ways to make Valentine’s day more meaningful, RAK comes to mind. What if everyone sought out someone to secretly bless? Do you know a widow or a single mom? Maybe someone that might not even get a call on Valentine’s day? Is there a neighbor or a coworker that you could bless? Valentine’s is a hard holiday for many. It’s a stark reminder of love that was lost or love that was never given. Let’s reach out and bless. Even if you are one that has it hard.
At Christmas, I got the RAK idea off of a website that had cute little Christmas tags. I had never heard of the RAK organization until just recently. Did you know that next week is RAK week? Their website is a great resource. Each day there is a new idea, as well as, stories of kindness. There are even lesson plans and educator resources. Want daily reminders? You can sign up on Facebook or twitter.
Also check out my Serving Others pinboard for lots of other Random Acts of Kindness ideas.
‘Cause love isn’t love till you give it away… ~Michael W. Smith
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