A couple weeks ago, I happened to walk in my daughter’s school office right after the secretaries received a surprise visit from the PTO. The ladies on the PTO team had announced that they were sending the secretaries on a surprise visit to the spa! The sweetness in the room was so evident; all the ladies were just beaming with excitement. Everyone loves surprise encouragement, especially one of this nature!
What We Can Do
So you and I may not be able to give someone a trip to the spa, but we can do something simple to encourage their hearts. I’m a firm believer in being an encourager, but if I’m honest, I’ve been a little preoccupied with the routine of life and haven’t been as purposefully as encouraging on an individual level as I’d like to be. I’ve determined to take the next 21 days and do at least one simple act of encouragement each day and I’m calling this endeavor “heart-in: 21 Days of Encouraging Others.”
I’d love it if you’d like to join me in the fun! To help us out, I’m providing a list of simple ideas for inspiring others.
Spread the Love on Social Media
Over the next three weeks, we’ll use the hashtag #heartin to share the love. Whether it’s a simple text or taking a few extra moments to send a card through the mail, I would love to see how we can unite together and follow through with Scripture:
Encourage each other and build each other up. I Thessalonians 5:11
To make it even easier, I created this simple list of 21 things to do to encourage someone. There is nothing super fancy on this list, but I love how easy it can be to offer encouragement without a ton of fuss or hard work, just a few minutes of time, perhaps a few dollars, and wow- you’ve changed someone’s day!
21 Things to Do to Encourage Someone
- Write a note and drop it off to a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
- Make a fruit basket for a neighbor.
- Send an email of encouragement to a random contact in your list.
- Buy flowers and send them to school with your kids to give to whomever they’d like.
- Do one of the chores on your child’s list and let them know you appreciate all they are doing and wanted to give them a little break.
- Clean your husband’s car or truck.
- Leave a mint under the pillow of all the beds in the place you live.
- Post a brag Facebook status about the hard work someone you love puts in everyday.
- Smile at someone.
- Send an encouraging ecard to lift someone’s spirits. All you need is their email address!
- Grab some water and take it to a group of hardworking folks.
- Drop off some candy at the church office.
- Give away a copy of your favorite book.
- Print out a set of Bible verse cards for someone.
- Bake a batch of cookies or a cake and drop it off at the local fire station.
- Round up a stack of CD’s and give them to the nursing home or library.
- Know someone interested in Bible journaling? Print out a FREE Bible journaling workbook for them and give it with a box of colored pencils.
- Surprise visit an elderly friend or relative just to see if they need anything.
- Send a card in the mail to show someone you’re thinking of them.
- Pray for a church leader and then write them to let them know you much you appreciate them.
- Give a young mom a break by babysitting for an hour.
I know you have a ton of simple ideas you could use for this fun endeavor of 21 days of encouraging others! But for even more ideas, check out:
Who’s in? I’d love it if you’d join me!
By his grace,