So the other day, my son's kindergarten bus stopped to pick him up. My three-year-old heard the noise and ran out to the middle of our driveway where she waved excitedly at the bus driver, who smiled and waved back. Then my daughter ran back to me and grinned. "Mom, I did a service!"
Which, of course, made me smile.
It was also a great reminder that simple things can have such a rippling effect. The bus driver was that much happier when she left our house, and my husband came home not long after and smiled when I told him the story. That was four people made happier by one excited little wave.
I don't think people realize just how much good they can do with a simple, "hey", a quick compliment, or showing kindness in general. We always talk about remembering Christ during the holiday season, but what does that really mean? As a child I used to think it meant thinking about Him a lot--about his birth and life. It wasn't until I got older that I realized it means living like Him, too. Going about doing good in our own small and simple ways. That's the real spirit of Christmas.