Recently my son was given the opportunity to ask his teacher anything. We moved over the summer so he’s at a new school and – though rather outgoing – I anticipated he’d write down that he was nervous or would ask his teacher for things like a longer lunch or recess. To my surprise, he poured his little heart out on paper. He acknowledged gifts in her she may not have known were on display to the children in her class. Blake offered encouragement and thanks.
Words are some of the best gifts a minimalist can provide, and they’re often overlooked when our wealthy culture seeks to buy items to show gratitude. Whom do you know who loves his or her job but could use your kind words more than anything else?
(Pssst..if words aren’t quite what you have in mind, try any of these minimalist gift ideas.)
Dana Byers and her family are passionate about adoption and online ministry, and they sold all they owned in 2007 to live a mobile lifestyle overseas and expand online ministry practices globally. She’s the author of “The Art of Online Ministry” and recently moved to Oklahoma to become the Community Pastor for LifeChurch.tv Church Online. All opinions shared here are expressly her own.