Afternoon Acts of Kindness – Made to Crave – Chapter 12

In chapter 12 of Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst shared this encouraging thought – “fill our afternoons with His thoughts of love toward others” instead of wallowing in discouragement or frustration over our struggles or reacting to offenses by others.  So how do you react when someone hurts you, when someone sends and email that offends you, posts something on Facebook to attack you, calls you on the phone with complaints, or says something negative about you in front of others?

One of the things Lysa shared was this verse and how it jumped out at her and begged her to park her brain in the truths that she had been missing, or skimming as she called it.  She said, “We are taught to remain in God’s love so that we won’t tie our happy to anything but God.  So that our joy will be complete.”  Now you read  John 15:9-12 slowly and see the truth you have been missing.

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I agree with what Lysa said.  I know for many it is hard to show love when someone hurts you.  So how do we do that?  I truly believe if we ask Jesus to put someone on our heart to bless He will.  What if we stopped each morning and prayed and asked Him to put one person on our heart to bless that day with an afternoon act of kindness or even a morning act of kindness.  What would happen  if when we are tempted with food, and a trigger comes, we stopped prayed and put this thought into work?

As I thought about things I have done over the years to bless others unexpectedly, I came up with a list to share a few ideas for afternoon acts of kindness:

  • Write a thank you note.
  • Leave some change in the coke machine or candy machine where you work or at a hospital.
  • Help someone with their shopping cart, especially an elderly person – take it back to the store or the racks, help them unload if they need it.
  • Pick up groceries for a neighbor or someone shut in.
  • Compliment someone.
  • Let other drivers merge and remain calm when a driver does something that upsets you.
  • Help someone with yard work – shovel snow, mow a yard for a neighbor, pick up leaves.
  • Donate Blood.
  • Leave a thank you note for a waiter or waitress with a very generous tip.
  • Pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant or a car in the line behind you at a fast-food restaurant.
  • Hold a door open for someone and smile.
  • Post a post-it note in the bathroom of a special needs teacher or aide and tell them what an awesome job they are doing.  If you work at a school you understand.  I do and I see how tired they are after lifting a child from a wheelchair to a commode or to change a diaper.
  • Put a note in your child’s or husband’s lunchbox or BOTH and tell them you love them.
  • Offer to babysit for a couple who have no family close and let them have a “date-night”
  • Prepare a meal or just a dish for someone recently home from the hospital.
  • Write a note of encouragement to someone who is recently separated, recently diagnosed with a disease or who recently loved a lost one.

And I’ve added a list from Renee Swope’s site.  http://reneeswope.com/2014/02/everyday-confetti-how-to-letgodlove-others-through-us/   I love these.

First, create small tags with Bible verses about God’s love on them. Here are a few to use:

  • See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1
  • And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. 1 John 4:16a
  • We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Attach a tag to any of these ideas to sprinkle God’s love on those around you:

  • Purchase coffee house gift cards and attached a tag to each. Go to a hospital waiting room and hand them out to folks who look like they could use a good cup of coffee.
  • Take your kids to the grocery store and offer to carry out the groceries for elderly people you see. Hand them a note of kindness with a tag attached.
  • Purchase gift cards for local restaurants that deliver and attach tags to them. Take a few to your pastor or church secretary so they can order lunch to be brought in on busy days.
  • Place a candy bar or homemade treat with a tag in your mailbox for the mail carrier.
  • Have young children {or grandchildren} color pictures or paint some adding glitter and stickers. Write one of the verses above on the picture. Then, take them to the local nursing home and hand them out.
  • If you live in an area with lots of snow on the ground, make snowmen outside of the windows of a nursing home or hospital children’s ward. {Be sure to get permission first}
  • Hand a tag to the worker at the drive-through window and pay for the person’s order behind you. Ask the worker to give the tag to the person with their food.
  • Create a fruit or vegetable tray and attach a tag and a bow on top. Take it to the local police or fire station thanking them for their hard work!
  • Take a plate of homemade goodies to your child’s teacher’s lounge at school with a tag attached.
  • Leave a note of encouragement and a verse on Facebook for a friend you haven’t seen in a while.

And here’s a list from friends I will add as they stop by and comment:

  • Cook a meal for your family!

So how about you?  Will you share a few of your afternoon acts of kindness ideas?

“The surest way out of your darkness — is to turn on the light for somebody else.” Ann Voskamp


16 thoughts on “Afternoon Acts of Kindness – Made to Crave – Chapter 12”

  1. I have thought of doing something else instead of snacking before, but I really love the idea of turning my thoughts from myself to other people! Your list is a great place to start, and the beauty of it is that most of those things take little time or effort on our part, but can mean the world to the recipient. Thanks for the challenge!


  2. I love your list! These are great ideas to easily add something special to someone else’s day. My afternoon acts of kindness are cooking dinner for my family. This may be normal to most people but we eat out far too often. The reading this week really helped me put cooking for them in a different light!


    1. Me too Candace. Love that idea and may add it to my list here. I love to come home and cook and always did but it’s hard sometimes with kids. Mine are grown but still love to plan meals and some weeks we will grill things like chicken and steaks on Sunday and use that in fajitas, salads and soups during the week.


  3. It’s funny, as I read your lists those acts aren’t what I think of as acts of kindness. Many of them are just how we are supposed to behave towards one another. But then I stop and think… well no kidding! We are SUPPOSED to be kind to one another!! But when we do it with intention and not out of habit or obligation, the acts changes us as well 🙂


  4. Thank you for sharing your list of ideas. What a blessing it is to be a blessing to someone else. I can’t wait to get started!
    Blessings to you!
    Christina (Group 50)


  5. You’ve challenged us. What an uplifting challenge it is! Your list of suggestions is a great starting place. Each of those ideas are totally doable. Thanks for the challenge and ideas!


  6. Excellent! I love all of the ideas. It’s amazing what a little act of kindness does for the giver and the receiver. Thank you for sharing.
    Here’s another one: Respond to a few blogs that people have posted. This lets the blogger know that her heart-felt words didn’t fall on deaf ears…um eyes.


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