“Giving a birthday card, a meaningful book, a cup of coffee or a chocolate chip cookie at just the right time can be a wonderful pick-me-up and an expression of caring.”   Living in Full Swing by Cathy Newton, author, motivational speaker

Sometimes we get caught up in thinking we have to do big stuff to make a difference. In reality, it is often the small acts of kindness and care that have the most positive effect on those we meet in our day-to-day lives. And those small things that Cathy Newton in her book calls “Bits and Pieces,” can make a huge difference. Almost any time I have followed my instinct to go just a step out of my way to encourage a stranger or a friend in some small personal way, it has brought not only encouragement to them, but a definite lift to me.

The truth from the Bible that says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive,” is so true. Lets all just try living in that “little gifts of kindness” mode today. Peggy Noonan wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal about taking an extra minute or two to be aware of the struggles of others and to say some small word of cheer or do some small kindness on their behalf. Actively look for ways to help.

Because of the divorce journey we have been on, we all know the importance of a cordial word or act of friendship. Let’s be the ones to take the initiative today. Our small effort can have a big impact … on them and on us.

“This is a large work I’ve called you into, but don’t be overwhelmed by it.  It’s best to start small.  Give a cool cup of water to someone who is thirsty for instance.  The smallest act of giving or receiving makes you a true apprentice.  You won’t lose out on a thing.”  Matthew 10:42 (The Message)