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Give A Little Kindness, Give A Little Love Away

Inspired by a song that we play almost weekly in Kids Ministry, I’m reminded of the impact giving “just a little” can truly make. Especially when the holidays are at their peak.

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The type of giving I’m referring to is the type of giving that people don’t see. It’s the giving that happens when no one is looking.

We are all forced into the “holiday state of mind” whether we want to be or not. All thanks to advertising, Hallmark movies, and the traditional act of family gatherings. *I DO appreciate these.*

No matter how much gets piled on, nothing about our daily routine changes before the holidays. This means that we are thrown into a season of believing and giving without feeling prepared with the patience or resources to handle much more.

Before you know it, you’ve got more on your plate while you are already drowning. The holiday season can be hit or miss for us. Either giving us the energy or painfully stealing it away.

Thankfully, you stumbled upon this article. I’ve got a theory to share about how we can all level up in the way we are loving and giving.

Even when our resources are sparse, may that be time, money, or energy; “giving a little” can actually fill up your cup. The overflowing kind.

Proverbs 11:25 says it best,

“The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”

Don’t you love the word refreshed here? It even feels good to say it out loud.

Refreshed.

Don’t we all want to be refreshed? Especially when we are feeling that the end of our rope is near.

Kindness costs little, and the rewards are large.

Complimenting the cashier as she manages the rush and handles the copious amount of disgruntled customers as they walk through the door.

Thank the pick-up deliverer at Walmart, who did the shopping for you so that you could save some time.

Tipping your server a couple of dollars more, since they are working the holiday hours, more than one job, savoring every single dime.

Listening intentionally to the family member who has most definitely told the same story before.

You may be thinking, isn’t everyone cheerful and kind during holiday time? I’m here to tell you that there are two sides to a coin, and often times we only see one side.

If ministry has taught me anything, it is that suffering and joy exist equally, at all times. Jesus doesn’t promise us an easy life, yet he does promise us His peace. (John 16:33)

For those of us with an abundance of blessings this season, we have a large opportunity to change lives. A call to compliment, give, and be a little extra kind. It is from our generosity that we will one day be refreshed. It is this generosity that will fill us when we have nothing left.

And to those who may be carrying a single sip in your cup, take heart in knowing our King in Heaven is all you truly need to fill it back up.

May your hearts feel rest, may your soul be refilled, and may you give a little kindness when your flesh says to yield.

Local Pulse Staff Writer & Holy Moments Columnist, Makenna Curtis