Gift of Nice
February 14, 2011 by giventhetime
“Love is patient and love is kind.” (I Corinthians 13:4 )
What kind of Valentine does the love of your life really want? No matter what his hobbies or his age, there is one gift that he really wants from you…the gift of nice.
The irony is we are least likely to give this gift to those we are closest to. We are nice to the barista at the coffee shop. We are nice to our clients. We are nice to the neighbors. But how do we go about giving the gift of nice to our loved ones? The options are endless but here are three ideas to get you started on the gift of nice today:
~ What is your loved one’s least favorite chore? Is it ironing shirts? Is it emptying the dishwasher? Be nice and do that job for them without complaining, and then make a little card and tell him why you did it. An act of kindness will mean way more to him than a new tie to hang in the closet.
~Kind words are always nice! Think of several things you respect or appreciate in your loved one. Write the list out on a piece of stationary and mail it to your loved one the old-fashioned way, through the post office. For the price of a stamp and a little bit of your time, this gift of nice will make their day a little brighter.
~Patient people are nice people…whether it is listening to your loved one “vent” without interruptions or whether it is calmly and willingly picking the towel off the floor…again…give the gift of patience to your loved ones this week. Patience may be the hardest “gift of nice” to give to those who we feel most secure with, but it could also be the most valuable for our relationship.
In Galations 5:22, kindness and patience are listed as fruit of the Spirit. As believers, through the power of God, we are enabled to give the gift of nice to those around us. Let’s give the gift of nice starting today and see if it isn’t one of their favorite gifts ever!