Making the World a Better Place

Making the World a Better Place

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RAK – Random Acts of Kindness. We’ve all heard of them. Once in a while they break through the myriad of bad news–the murders, kidnappings, jail breaks, natural disasters, political turmoil, civic unrest–and bring a bit of sunshine into our lives. Like the 19-year-old waiter who received a $1000 tip because he took time to visit with a customer.

In a world where wrong seems right and right seems wrong, we need these rays of hope to spur us on. Each of us has the choice to make this world a better place, or a more bitter one. Even small acts of kindness can make a world of difference in another person’s life.

Want to help brighten up your corner of the universe? Here’s my top 20 ways to make the world a better place!

20) Attend your child’s activities

19) Be an informed voter

18) Send your spouse flowers

17) Visit a shut-in

16) Call your parents and thank them for raising you

15) Contact a Congressman to express your feelings on an important issue

14) Make someone laugh

13) Prepare a meal for a grieving family

12) Send a care-package to someone in the military

11) Smile

10) Comfort a hurting friend

9) Speak words of encouragement to a flustered store clerk

8) Invite a non-Christian neighbor over for a cook out

7) Volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center or homeless shelter

6) Hug a child

5) Open your home to a missionary or someone in need

4) Tell someone you love them

3) Sacrifice something you want for someone else’s sake

2) Share your faith

1) Pray!

How many on the list have you tried? What other ways can you suggest to make our world a better place to live? I’d love to hear your suggestions.

“Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down,
shaken together and running over,
will be poured into your lap.”
(Luke 6:38)

Cynthia Roemer About Cynthia Roemer

Cynthia Roemer is a Christian writer from rural Illinois with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of others through her writing. She and her husband, Marvin, have been married for twenty-four years and have two college-age sons. Find out more about her and her writing on her website:


  1. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thanks for a great post Cynthia. I love hearing about stories that brighten up someone else’s world. There are so many heartbreaking stories in the news and then once in a while, a cheerful story. I do think that giving someone something when they least expect it is really super nice to do. Sending financial support to missionaries is a good one too.

    I want this post to stick in my mind and prompt me to continually think of things to do. We can take our family members for granted or certainly we can ignore those who serve us in restaurants or stores. But blessing someone when they least expect must brighten their day! I’ll have to think of something to do for my husband…..

  2. Thanks, Laurie! I’m glad you enjoyed the post! If we will all do one small kindness for someone a day the world will be a better place. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Thank you for the list. I think I’ll print this out for a reminder.

  4. You’re welcome, Linda! It’s one I need to look at often as well. Thanks!

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