Many of us try to be kind to those we come in contact with. Some have come to stand still on what to do to pay it forward. We should be trying to be a light to the world as a Christian and a soldier of God! We, also, want to be treated kindly, respectfully and with a helping hand when we are down.
Rev. Tiffany French, a UCC minister gives a list of ten ways to pay it forward:
Say a prayer or make a wish for someone you pass on the street!
It’s guaranteed that at least one person you come in contact with throughout the day is going through some kind of personal crisis. Offer up a prayer of blessing and peace for people you see on the street, in the grocery store, or sitting next to you at a stoplight.
Offer sincere, kind words to a person who is hurting!
When you notice tears or recognize a face of emotional or physical pain, take a moment to help reconcile their pain with words of encouragement and love.
Nothing feels better than getting a compliment for something you’ve done. Share that feeling by passing it on. Compliment a co-worker for a job they did, offer kind words to the security guard in your building, or let the sales associate in a store how much you appreciate their help.
Forgive a driver who commits an act of road rage toward you!
Remember the next time you are cut off in traffic that everyone deserves grace, so take a breath or two, say, “I forgive you,” and move on, while keeping your hands at “10” and “2”.
Put money in a street musician’s tip jar!
Whether they’re playing just for love of music or are in financial need, give them a little lift and drop in whatever your can spare from your wallet.
Make a donation of time to your local school district or favorite non-profit!
Schools and non-profits depend on the kindness of donors, but that doesn’t have to mean financial help. Check to see if there are any programs that need volunteers and offer your time.
Pay for a stranger’s meal at a restaurant or drink at a local coffee shop!
Tell the waitress or barista that you would like to pay-it-forward by paying for the person in the booth next to you or behind you in line. Maybe your generosity will spur a string of pay-it-forwards for the rest of the day.
Make a meal and take it to a neighbor!
Spread the love in your neighborhood or apartment building by making and delivering a meal to a neighbor you never get a chance to talk to or haven’t heard from in a while.
Visit a terminally ill patient at a hospice center!
Bring a little comfort into the life of a terminally ill patient by spending some time with them and letting them know that you care.
Hold open the door for someone!
No longer just a chivalrous act for men (though still greatly appreciated), holding the door open is a great way to make someone’s day just a little easier.
I would like to add one more to that list of how to pay it forward:
Make eye contact and say Hello to a stranger!
A lot of people feel that are invisible to the rest of the world. Saying and making eye contact will give that one person that needs a boost to smile and know they do exist!
Take the time to pay it forward for your sake for the sake of others! We all need to feel connected and alive in this fast-paced world and environments that we live in. Take the time to slow down and really think of how you could make it an amazing day for just one person that needs to feel wanted, needed, or alive!