Something our culture has almost forgotten is the art of being nice to people. We live in a country that teaches to look out for number one and everyone else can just learn to do the same. But if we really want to make a difference in the world, we should do nice things for people. Here are a few simple ideas:
<strong>Give someone a free meal</strong>
This one always means a lot to me, and I know it does for other people as well. People love food, and free food is even better. It can even be as simple as a hamburger, but giving someone a free meal can make their day and help them to feel appreciated.
<strong>Invite people into your home</strong>
We often like to treat our homes like a fortress to keep people out, but it can be an incredible tool to develop relationships with people. If you invite someone in your home to play cards, watch football, or just hang out, it lets them know you care about them. I hear people say all the time that Baltimore is part of the South since it’s below the Mason Dixon line, so we should be able to utilize a little bit of southern hospitality.
<strong>Offer your skills</strong>
We all have something we are good at, so we should use those talents to help other people out. I’m pretty good with computers, so if someone is having a compute problem, I’ll go help them out. If you’re good with tools, help people fix things that are broken. Good with kids? Offer to babysit for someone. Just use whatever you have to offer to help someone out.
These few ideas seem really simple, but that’s the beautiful thing about being nice to someone… <em>it’s not that hard. </em>Sometimes it just takes being aware of the people around us to know how to be nice to people. Jesus was a great example of this – feeding the hungry, healing the sick, comforting the hurting, and so much more. Let’s strive to be like Jesus.