Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Let's Show the Love!

I know we have a few more days left in January, but I'd like to devote the next few days to encouraging one another to give 14 days of love to those around us... beginning February 1st through the 14th.

There are endless ways we can schmooze those we adore. I will share a few ideas of my own and I would love for you to share your ideas with us. It would be great to develop a habit of showing those special people in our lives how much they mean to us every day and not just on special occasions.

Personally, I would like to become better at showing love and appreciation to others I'm around every day through random acts of kindness. The more we focus on what we can do to make someone's day a little brighter, the better we will feel about ourselves.

As an ending thought, our acts of kindness should be meaningful to the receiver. Often we give based on our needs or wants without giving consideration to the needs and wants of others... for example, we may know a buddy would love tickets to a Colt's game, but because we don't have the money for such an extravagant gift, we give him/her a random cheap gift instead (just for the sake of giving something). Perhaps it would have been more appropriate to give this person an evening over to our home for dinner and to watch the Colt's game on television. This would be cost-effective and meaningful at the same time for everyone.

So, in a nutshell, lets spend the first 14 days of February showing love to those around us, let's make what we do or give meaningful for the receiver, and let's share our ideas with others!

Here are a few ideas:
  • Dinner and movie of choice
  • Massage (a personal favorite of mine:)
  • Flowers
  • Chocolates
  • Babysitting
  • Home baked goodies
  • Heart sticky notes ;)
  • Bath & Body Works (travel size in favorite scent)
  • A hug
  • A smile of encouragement
  • A note of appreciation
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

Blessings to you... you cheerful givers!

Marisa

4 comments:

Scott said...

You know, one of our presidents, Eisenhower, was well-known in the White House for leaving little personal notes of thanks to anyone who helped him. I agree with you, Marisa. Whenever I would praise or thank one of my students, even the troublesome ones, their faces would light up and, for a bit, they would be angels. People like to be liked and thanked and appreciated. Too often, we don't do that for them. Great thoughts.

I Hope 4 Him said...

It really does make a difference when you personally and publicly recognize someone for what they do. I try make it a point to look people in the eye - salespeople, clerks, etc - and say 'thank you.' So many of those people are never really SEEN.

Marisa, remember the 29 day challenge you gave us last year? It was about giving gifts - what better gift is there than encouragement??

Marisa and Brittany said...

Scott,

You are so right!! In this world where life goes by so quickly (before our eyes most days), we often forget to SEE people, as Susan mentioned in her response. No ill-intentions, but rather muddling through life trying to fit everything into our busy schedules. As I think about it, this is what satan wants... for us to busy ourselves so that we forget to acknowledge those wonderful people around us.

Here's what I'm thinking... if a president has time to send notes of appreciation to those around him, I certainly have the time to LOOK at a face... a grocery clerk, a bank teller, a precious child... whoever it is and smile warmly and sincerely.

So... here's smiling at you kid ;) YOU are appreciated beyond measure!!

Marisa

Marisa and Brittany said...

Susan,

Thank-you so much for your response to this post. You made me think about and evaluate my interactions (or lack of) with others. I often find myself rushing from one place to another on a mission to work, grocery shop, clean house, cook... what time is left I treasure. While on the run, God gives me ample opportunities to brighten the day of someone else... it's my fault for not taking advantage of those times (shame on me!) I'm going to continue to work on this... to savor the moments with which I'm blessed and not methodically go through life without even noticing.

I do remember our 29-day challenge. Perhaps that is what prompted me to write this new challenge :) More for me than anyone else... to remind myself that I'm not alone in this storm called "life."

Anyway... one blessing I never want to take for granted is your friendship! I'm very thankful for YOU :)

Marisa