A couple nights ago, I was taking care of my 9-year-old brother, Markus, while my parents were out of town for the evening. I haven’t written a whole lot about my family on this blog in the past, but they are truly very special to me. One of the best parts about living back in my hometown again is getting to spend time with my brother. His faithfulness and love challenges me.
After a full day of being patient while I ran errands, I told him I’d reward him (and me!) with ice cream. I decided to stop in our local Hy-Vee grocery store to pick some up. After gathering the ice cream and checking out, we passed the floral section as we were leaving. I didn’t think much of it as I always pass by without thought. Markus, however, had more intentional ideas.
“I’d like to get flowers for Mom sometime,” he said.
“Oh yeah?” I replied.
“Yeah,” Markus said.
His comment about getting flowers for our mom made me a little emotional. My mom has been extremely busy and a little overwhelmed lately and I knew she would love the gesture. What a thoughtful brother I have!
So, I told Markus we should get her a rose. We bought that rose and put it in a vase for her so that she’d be surprised when she returned home. With a note, we left it for her to to see as soon as she entered the kitchen.
That night as I laid in bed thinking, I realized that I could learn something from my brother about showing others you care about them. On a random July evening, getting a rose for my mom was not at the top of my priority list. It was not her birthday or a holiday or a day of celebration. It was just another average day. Those are the exact moments it’s crucial to show love and support. When there’s no obligation is when acts of kindness can truly be appreciated.
My 9-year-old brother challenged me to show love and support. Now, I want to challenge you.
This week, think about how you can show love to someone you care about. Surprise them with something that will give them a little hope. Maybe that means cooking dinner or doing the dishes. That could mean taking them out for a date. It could mean simply telling them how much they mean to you. Whatever it is, make sure it is unexpected. Surprise a special person in your life and help them know that they are appreciated.
In the comments below, tell us something thoughtful you’d like to do!