I thought I’d share with you an email my friend Melissa sent to me a few weeks ago. I always enjoy Chuck Swindoll’s encouragement, but thought this was not only a great admonition for serving during the holidays, but serving throughout the year. So many of his suggestions are great for that New Year’s resolution thing (ahhh, resolutions – not a strong-suit for a recovering procrastinator!)
Thanks for sharing this, Melissa … and walking the road with me.
by Charles R. Swindoll
Mend a quarrel.
Seek out a forgotten friend.
Write a long overdue love note.
Hug someone tightly and whisper, “I love you so.”
Forgive an enemy.
Be gentle and patient with an angry person.
Gladden the heart of a child.
Find the time to keep a promise.
Make or bake something for someone else. Anonymously.
Release a grudge.
Speak kindly to a stranger.
Enter into another’s sorrow.
Laugh a little.
Laugh a little more.
Take a walk with a friend.
Lessen your demands on others.
Play some beautiful music during the evening meal.
Apologize if you were wrong.
Turn off the television and talk.
Treat someone to an ice-cream cone (yogurt would be fine).
Do the dishes for the family.
Pray for someone who helped you when you hurt.
Fix breakfast on Saturday morning.
Give a soft answer even though you feel strongly.
Encourage an older person.
Point out one thing you appreciate most about someone you work with or live near.
Offer to babysit for a weary mother.