Blessing someone isn’t only one-sided. Blessing someone with an act of kindness gives us something in return: a sense of fulfillment that we don’t get when we keep our love to ourselves.
Love isn’t love until you’ve given it away!
God has created us like that for a reason. We are not called to live for ourselves, but rather to love God and one another. We ought not to only look at our own cares but also to the cares and concerns of others.
I find that often I would like to be a blessing to someone, but it’s hard to find the time and energy. We need to count others more important than ourselves and be intentional about being a blessing to others.
Sometimes it’s a matter of making it a priority over other non-essential things, such as reading or other forms of entertainment. How much time do we not waste? Let’s use those times especially for more productive things.
Here you’ll find ten cheap and easy ways to be a blessing to someone in your life today.
Surprise someone with food.
We all need to eat, and you don’t need to go all out with a full course meal (although that doesn’t hurt either). Something as simple as a platter of cookies, or a basket of fresh strawberries from your garden, can lighten and encourage them. It’s not necessarily that they NEED it, often it’s a matter of knowing that someone took the time and effort that makes the gift so special. You can never tell whose heart needs an extra touch of love today.
Surprise them with your help.
If your neighbor is having a tough time raking leaves, or busy with a little baby, go and help them. Clean their bathroom for them (because we all know that’s an unpleasant job). If you see the dishes need washing, offer a hand. If you do it in a nonjudgmental way, they will appreciate you all the more.
Write a short and funny poem.
Such a simple thing can lift up someone that’s battling depression (not the clinical kind, although that might help too) or is just having a bad day. Maybe it makes them laugh, or even smile. They’ll keep thinking about the silliness of it throughout the day, and can make a blah day into something special.
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After you have written it on a pretty piece of stationary, give it to them. Knowing that you have lifted them up in prayer will soothe a tired heart.
Go to an old folk home or someone elderly that is stuck at home. I think we often don’t realize how lonely they get. There will always be people that need companionship, and how much does it take from us to offer it? It might not be the most comfortable thing to do, but it is good for us to get out of our comfort zone every once in a while.
Write someone an encouraging letter.
Tell them how you appreciate them, and that you are thinking about them. Knowing someone cares goes a long way.
Put together a care package for your sister.
Include things like a lovely bath gel, a favourite book, and some slippers. You could even make your own DIY BATH BOMBS. Make it pretty, or put it into a recycled cardboard box. For extra fun, make in anonymous, and leave it on her front porch.
Pray for someone, diligently and fervently.
God will work wonders in their life when we pray.
Babysit for someone free of charge.
As a mother of small children, this has more value than can be expressed. Dependable childcare is worth a lot. Families on a low income often don’t have the resources to get out for a bit, and a marriage needs some quality time together.
Buy someone a coffee.
Randomly on the street or someone, you know who is having a rough time, or even just to show you care.
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So many different ways to be a blessing, these are a tiny smidgen of the things we can do. When we recall Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages, it helps us to think of things we can do to bless others.
We can give words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, physical touch such as a hug or a handshake, and quality time. Everyone might not express their love in the same way, but everyone needs these five things, to a varying degree. Let’s strive to be a blessing to someone today!
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