May Day! May Day! Random Kindness!

May Day can be a great way to practice an act of random kindness.

Anybody out there grow up in the mid-west where you celebrated May Day (May 1) by taking flowers or candy to other people?

When I was a kid, this was a real treat. We got to make flower baskets and set them on a door stop, ring the door bell, yell, “May Day, May Day!” and leave someone with a nice surprise.

I found out when I had my kids do this to our neighbors, that they had never heard of this tradition. (I am from Missouri and they are from Arizona.) Even when I explained it, my neighbor had a quizzical look.

Well, we will try it again this year and hope for a better response. I mean, really, who can resist a couple of kids bringing you flowers and/or candy!? We plan to go to a few neighbors who didn’t live in our area last year as well.

I think it is great to look for ways to bless those around us. Eventually, I hope they will see something different about us. (in a good way.)

Little things can make a big difference. The other day at Chick-Fil-A, the lunch bag talked about random acts of kindness. I read the bag to my kids, Zoe and Luke. One example was to make the bed of your brother or sister. The next morning, Zoe made Luke’s bed. Wow! I didn’t think she was really even paying attention when I was reading what was on the lunch sack. I was amazed and pleased.

My point is that you never know what impact a small thing will have.

God bless you and have a great week! I know you too, will come up with creative ideas to bless others. If you have a really great one, please share it with us!


Author: Thora Anderson

Pastor, wife, daughter, sister, friend, Recovering worrier, Thinker, Mother of two teenagers. I've been in ministry for over 30 years and count that as huge success.

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