Being a blessing on a small budget is possible. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money to be a blessing!
As I mentioned in my previous blog post Do We Need an Upgrade in our Behavior, I must be intentional about blessing others or it won't happen. With a tight budget, it can be hard for me to just take out $100 bill and be a blessing. I just don't have that kind of extra cash right now. I was praying about this, chit chatting with God over a cup of hot coffee. Yes, I do that. He reminded me there are other ways to bless someone without handing over cash. The wheels in my head started to turn as I jotted down some ways my family and I can be a blessing to those around us without breaking the bank.
Why should we take the extra step to intentionally be a blessing?
It feels good. There is a positive feeling that ignites within us when we do good and see a good response to our efforts. If we want to be blessed, we must bless others. Plus there are several bible verses encouraging us to bless those around us.
"Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with , because to this you were called so that you may inherit a ." 1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)
"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased."
In what ways may we be a blessing to others without giving up on your budget?
#1. Make a meal for someone or a family that is going through a hard time, sick, down on their luck or just to help out a tired mommy.
#2. Mow your neighbors grass if you see it is not getting done. No need to grumble that their yard looks bad because of overgrown grass. Just assume they need help and go help.
#3. Offer to babysit one night for free. Another couple who may not have the extra cash to pay for a sitter will appreciate some alone time and a date night.
#4. Include someone. Are you taking your kids to the park? Call up another mom and include her in the invite. We all want to feel included and thought of.
#5. Send little cards of encouragement. Who doesn't love a little hand written note telling them they are being prayed for and loved. Include a bible verse or two.
#6. Give some pretty flowers to someone who could use a smile or a burst of fresh air from the outdoors. Someone who isn't able to get outdoors much would love some fresh flowers. Or just someone who could use a little something to brighten their day. I love the smell of fresh flowers in my house.
#7. Send a text message out telling someone you are thinking of them, praying for them and perhaps include an encouraging bible verse. I love getting these!
#8. Make some cookies and deliver them to neighbors, volunteers at church, family and friends.
#9. Pay it forward by leaving the exact change needed for a drink out of a vending machine. Put it in a plastic baggy and tape it to the machine with a little note saying they've been blessed and have a great day.
#10 Smile and open the door for others. Sometimes the smallest act of kindest is the best.
Here are my 10 simple ways I plan on being intentional about being a blessing to others. Does your family do any of these? What other ways do you and your family bless others?
More than blessed,