I’ve lost a little bit of my faith in humanity recently.
The strangers I have been sharing air with have been rude, inconsiderate, and down-right mean and it hearts my soul to see so much evil at a time of year that is supposed to represent so much giving, celebration, and joy.
I told Derek how I was feeling and he made a comment about how it’s bad when optimistic people like me start to feel down about the world.
I guess God heard my cries because He spent this week showing me just how good people can be, which is exactly what I needed.
We stumbled upon a little breakfast joint thanks to Yelp.
The staff was insanely friendly and it turns out the place was actually a non-profit that helps youths get back on track.
I could feel my spirit coming back and in true Christmas fashion, just as I started to tell Derek that this place had restored my faith in humanity the restaurant that had been silent prior began playing Joy To The World.
I can’t make this stuff up.
It was quite literally a Christmas movie moment.
So as Derek paid I went outside with Declan.
When he got to the car Derek told me that he had done our Christmas kindness for the day.
He then told me that he left a very generous tip and a note saying:
“The food was great, the people were even better. Thank you for all that you do and keep up the good work.”
Total Cost: About $25
Derek and I attended the Annual Assistance League Christmas brunch at the Disneyland Hotel earlier that day.
My parents were kind enough to babysit for us but they had to be back at their home in Corona by 4pm so we ended up driving out to their place to pick Declan up.
By the time we were on the road to home again Declan was hungry and we knew we needed to stop somewhere.
We saw an In-N-Out on the side of the road and pulled on in to grab some burgers.
Little did we know we had chosen the most crowded In-N-Out on the planet.
A sweet couple saw me scanning for a table and so they gave me theirs as they had just finished and Derek and I decided to return the favor.
Declan was still eating but we saw a group of women looking for a table.
They made eye contact and one girl asked me if we were leaving so I decided to wrap Declan’s food to go and feed him the rest in the car so that the ladies could have our seats.
Total Cost: FREE
I bought some Christmas cards a few weeks ago and they became a highlight of my kindness acts this week.
There’s just something about receiving a hand written note that makes a person feel good inside.
So on Monday I wrote words of encouragement to the people who were entered into our Giving Jar contest but didn’t win the jar.
Total Cost: Postage
My friend Nikol who blogs over at Celebrate We Will had posted on Facebook about a homeless woman her mom was helping that had a two week old baby girl and was in need of warm baby clothes.
Funny enough, that very same day I had bought a Target gift card thinking I was going to give it as a gift and then ended up realizing I didn’t need it.
The minute I saw her post I knew where the gift card was meant to go.
So I mailed it out to her mom to give to the woman.
Total Cost: $25
I wrote Christmas cards for strangers and left them on their cars.
I told you these Christmas cards were a big part of my week!
Total Cost: FREE
**Remember those Christmas cards I had sent out on Monday?**
Well I received a message on FB from one of them that brought me to tears:
“I got your sweet card in the mail today. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR YOUR WORDS!!! I really really needed to hear them. I started crying when I read your card. You so encouraged my heart today. The Lord def used you to speak to me. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Hugs and love.”
Here I was getting down on myself for “only” being able to give these people cards and I get a response like this.
God really showed me the power of kindness on this day.
Some friends and I decided to all go in on a gift for someone.
One of the girls was kind enough to pay for the item and then have the rest of us pay her back.
I ended up needed to mail out the money but I noticed that one of the girl’s in our group had stopped responding to the emails a while back.
I didn’t want my friend to get stuck covering this other girl’s costs for the gift all by herself so I went ahead and paid extra so that it would help cover the majority of the absent girl’s portion.
Total Cost: $8
**Ready for more craziness?**
For some reason I woke up Thursday morning in a rut.
I could feel my heart being tried, Declan was on a good one, and I was feeling overwhelmed.
I called on one of my best friends for prayer and encouragement and she instantly reminded me just how lucky I am to have her in my life.
Then, within an hour of talking to her I received a notification that I had a new comment on my blog.
The Giving Jar winner Amy Martinez had messaged me, and this is what she said:
“Again, thank you so much! I hope you don’t mind but we are using the money to buy warm coats and gifts for a few kids in need at our church for Christmas. We have also decided to keep this money jar and collect money all year to do the same next year!”
I was floored and crying for the second day in a row.
It’s been said that “If only one life is touched – It will have all been worth it” and I have tried to live my life by this principle.
After feeling all week like I was incapable of making a difference God showed me just how wrong I was.
Today my heart feels renewed.
And I can’t wait to share it with a stranger and make someone else’s day a little brighter.
The holiday season is stressful for everyone.
Please, please, please go out into the world today with patience and grace.
You could completely turn someone else’s day around just by showing them a little kindness.