I received this cookbook in the mail today. From an inspirational, encouraging friend. I have been wanting this particular cookbook for a long time now (especially since I have 5 sons!) but there always seems to be other places where my book-money needs to go. To find it delivered today to my front porch? Amazing.
The power of thoughtfulness.
That is something that I am pondering since receiving this gift. Thoughtfulness takes time, a focus on the hearts of others, investment. Thoughtful ones tend to live slower-paced lifestyles. They have carved margin into their lives to make room for relationships as a priority. They don't run from place to place with frantic schedules and over-taxed minds. They usually drink deeply of the beauty of life and consistently fill their own emotional cups so that they have something to offer others.
Thoughtful ones look for simple ways to bless. A kind text. An encouraging verse. A sweet note sent to your Facebook inbox. Running some errands for you when you are post-partum. Buying you and your husband a lovely bottle of wine. Bringing a meal. Offering to babysit. Acknowledging a special day. Giving a handmade something. Recognizing a gifting in you. Asking good questions. Listening well. A hot cup of Starbucks. Saving you a seat.
Taking a few moments to show others thoughtful, intentional care is love in action. It makes the receiver feel known and noticed. We feel special!
Never underestimate the power of small acts of love... for in those, Jesus shines big and beautifully.