Thursday, March 18, 2010

Give This New Year Away 26 -Send a Thank You Card To Someone Who May Not Expect It

Mail...something that most times we dread. Bills. Junk. Stuff we don't want to see.
How happy do you get when you receive something that is not asking for money, that is not selling something?
Christmas cards and birthday cards usually brighten the spirits of us all when we get them in the mail. But what about the rest of the year.
There are many people in our lives that we should say Thank You to, but we tend to forget about it.
The postman, the paper boy, garbage collectors. How about the cashier at the gas station you always stop in to that greets you like a close friend.
The waitress at your favorite restaurant that always goes the extra mile for you.
There are many people that we should thank...that would appreciate that extra little recognition.
Go out and buy an inexpensive package of Thank You cards and keep them with you. Next time you see someone that you want to thank, joy down a quick little note of appreciation...tell them why they are special, and let them know.

Who can you give one of these to today? Leave your comments of who you will write a Thank You note for and why.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Give This New Year Away #25 - Here's A Tip

Leave an enormous tip for your server after a meal in a restaurant. Who knows what kind of day that person has had? That little gesture might make a big difference in his or her day. In fact, I'll take this one a bit further. Say you happen to sit down in a restaurant and it is obvious you server has had it. Maybe the service is so poor that you find yourself tempted to skip the gratuity all together. Well in that case give more!! And don't worry about the extra tip validating the server's rudeness. That's not up to you. You never know what someone may be going through. People are hurting all around you and this is just another small way you can make a big impact.

Remember, God doesn't give grace only to those who deserve it. If that were the case, none of us would receive it. We are called to give because Christ first gave to us.

Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us ~ 1 Chronicles 29:14
Taken from "101 Simple and Thoughtful Ways to Give This Christmas Away" written by Matthew West