Meet Elizabeth. She’s a boy mama to 3 rowdy ones and wife to Casey. She’s gorgeous, isn’t she? I’ve known her since 8th grade and thanks to the gift of social media, we have reconnected in recent years. She’s hilariously funny and kind and thoughtful and a great picture taker and most of all, she loes Jesus. Elizabeth turned a glorious 35 yesterday. And in honor of her birthday, she asked a few friends to do some random acts of kindness and then share them. Happy Birthday Sweet Friend! I hope you are blessed beyond measure as a result of your willingness to give your birthday away.
My clan of crazies, plus the man, came up with a handful of random acts of kindness. We spent 2 hours running all over town completing our acts and photographing us in the gifting. We took no pictures of those who received the blessings because that would have been all sorts of awkward. Some gifts were simply left to be discovered by some lucky person! We attached a note with a reference to Jesus because kindness absent from Jesus is just that. Kindness. But random kindness done in Jesus’ name gives the recipient’s heart an opportunity to give thanks to the One who has given more that we ever could.
Our first stop was Aldi where we filled a couple of bags with groceries for a family in our neighborhood. The kids chose the snacks, bagged them, and then made the delivery. We had planned for this to be a covert operation, but the kids were all over their yard. We got to see their excitement and JOY in the gift and that was awesome. And thanks to Aldi, it cost us nearly nothing.
Our second stop was the bookstore. I stuck $15 in an envelope and put it between the pages of One Thousand Gifts. It stuck out enough to draw someone’s attention, but only if they were planning to purchase the book! My favorite act today! YAY!!!
Our third stop was Wal-Mart. We made a bee-line to the diaper department and taped an envelope with $10 in it to a package of size 1 diapers. We hope a new mama finds it and it blesses her.
After the Wal-Mart visit, we took some detergent and $5 by the local Wash House. We left them off on top of the coin dispenser with a note and then we snuck out the side door. Everyone in there just stared while Audrey and I giggled. I thought I would wet my pants because I’m pretty sure we looked like idiots.
Next up was the Dollar Tree. Each kid carried in a dollar bill and randomly placed them about the store. This one was tough. We’re a loud group and so we tend to draw attention. It was hard to randomly place bills without being spotted. Everybody got it done in secret, but Greenley. She dropped her’s in the ice cream cooler and was spotted by some lucky lady. FUN!
We also picked up a Little Caesar’s pizza and drove around until we found a mama and her 3 boys playing in the front yard of their home. Thad did the honors. The mama’s name is Shaniqua and she had a beautiful smile! Her little dredlocked boys jumped up and down and my crowd loved it!
Our last stop was the local Piggly Wiggly. I taped some money to the drink machines outside the store and then picked up some fresh fish and batter for a man in our neighborhood that LOVES to fry fish. We dropped it by his house and met him at the door and I think we was pretty darn happy. Saturday dinner done.
Y’all, I share our random acts not to be prideful or arrogant or to lift up our family in some holier than thou manner. Trust me. Josiah complained the whole time because this was, as he put it, “Not the way I wanted to spend my Saturday.” Thad prayed over our blessings and Greenley said, “Well, that was totally weird.” All the kids bickered in the Dollar Tree about where to put their dollars. They argued getting in and out of the car at every. single. stop. They banged their heads on the windows of the car. And truth be told, the man and I argued about who to give the pizza.
But we did it.
And we’ll do it again. More sooner than later.
So I share our acts to encourage you to throw your kids in the car, grab a marker and some index cards, and go spend $40 on some random people.
And bless them in Jesus’ name so they’ll know who to thank. You’ll be glad that you did!!