10 Ways to Share the Love
It’s February--the month of love. And while we all know we’re supposed to show our spouses, children, friends, and family extra love this time of year, February is a great chance to share the love with others around you, whether or not they’re family.
St. Valentine's Day has a unique history, and many are not familiar with it. If you want to brush up on your Valentine facts, check out our history lesson here.
1 John 4:19 says, “We love because he first loved us.” Christ came to Earth and died for us in the ultimate act of love. We are called to show others the same love he showed us. While we should love people all year, February is a great time to go the extra mile and look for people who need it the most.
Come by Sweetbriar Rose anytime through the weekend of Valentine's Day for specials like bubbly floats, mimosas, chocolate-covered strawberries, and more. We are open Thursday through Sunday each weekend.
10 Ways to Show Some Love
February is a great time to show to your neighbors, teachers, and community. There are so many unique ways to show kindness to people around you.
This is also a great time to get your kids involved and teach them the power of serving others. Teach them the history of St. Valentine and how he worked to help other people because of his faith.
Look for people who might be easily forgotten. Your trash collector, the mailman, the clerk at the bank, the checker at the grocery store, the guy collecting the carts at the grocery store, your neighbor who lives alone, the janitor at your kids’ school… Think about who you come in contact with throughout the week and ways you could show them love.
Handwritten note. A handwritten note is a fantastic way to show someone they are important and that you care about them. Think of a couple of personal and unique things about a specific person and write them down. A note from someone goes a long way in making someone feel special.
“You’re Loved” cards. If you’re creative, design a card that tells the recipient how loved and special they are. These cards can be generic and not necessarily aimed at one person. All people are created by God and loved; it’s nice to get a reminder now and then.
Adopt a Soldier. While it's too late to mail something to a deployed soldier for Valentine's Day, it's never too late to remind a solder how appreciated they are. If you don't have a direct connection to the military or a way to send letters, several organizations will help, including Soldier's Angels, Any Soldier, Operation Soldier Assist', and more.
Cookies! Who doesn't love cookies!?! A plate, or even a small bag, full of homemade cookies will make just about anyone happy, and ensure they feel loved and thought of. Get your kids involved and bake a couple of batches of cookies. You can even go the extra mile and let them decorate the cookies. Make several goodie bags of cookies, think of a few people who deserve thanks, and set out to make someone’s day. If you don’t like to bake, swing by Sweetbriar Rose and buy some of ours to pass out!
Run Errands. You do it every week, why not ask someone if you can run their errands for them? If you have an elderly neighbor, or know someone who just had a baby or is recovering from surgery, or who could just some extra help, call them and ask them for their shopping list. Picking up groceries or dry cleaning for someone is a huge blessing we often overlook.
Clean Up. While it might not be the most glamorous, cleaning for someone is an enormous help. Some people might be embarrassed by their mess, but don’t be afraid to ask and even push a little bit. Even just doing someone’s dishes and folding a load of laundry can lift a burden.
Flowers. If you have never given someone flowers and seen their face light up, you are missing out. Flowers have long been associated with love and showing affection. Swing by the grocery store and buy a few bunches of the cheaper arrangements, you don’t have to go broke showing love. Pass out a bouquet and a note reminding someone how important and loved they are to people who get overlooked.
Volunteer. While everyone knows how important it is to volunteer, it is often hard to fit into our busy schedules. Decide by yourself, or even better as a family, on a certain number of hours to volunteer. Take it to the next level and commit to a certain amount of hours each month for the rest of the year. Go to VolunteerMatch and type in your location to get some ideas on where to volunteer.
Compliment. Something free and easy is just to compliment people! Actively look for ways to compliment people, you might be surprised how good it makes you feel, as well. People have a hard time accepting compliments because we aren't used to getting them. What if that wasn't the case, and it was normal for strangers to tell you something nice?
Watch a Friend’s Kids. Even if you don’t have kids, you can be a huge blessing to young parents by offering to watch their kids so they can have a date night. It’s hard to find quality sitters, and budgeting for dates can be tough. Offer to watch their kids and tell the parents to enjoy a date!
There you have it, ten ways to show love to your community. Of course, this is far from an exhaustive list. There are so many ways to serve your neighborhood and those around you. Look for ways to love people; you might be surprised how many ways there actually are.
Swing by Sweetbriar Rose Thursday through Sunday and celebrate with us! We love seeing new and familiar faces. We hope to see you soon!