Last Sunday I spoke on our sixth holy habit – ‘SERVICE’. As with all the holy habits we want you to embrace them, to devote ourselves to them because we believe that they will lead to you becoming a better person and a better life.
But who to help? How can you serve people? Where to start?
When we look around at all the need that exists in this world, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. We think that making an impact is impossible. How can I possibly help?
How can God possibly use us for His good and glory? And, therefore, we do nothing.
But what if we’re thinking about this all wrong? What if instead of trying to create large-scale, elaborate change, we start with small, simple acts of kindness to those around us?
What if we just start by reaching out a hand to someone in need? Letting someone know they’re on our minds and that we care? What if we start giving our time, energy, and love more freely?
A simple word. A small gesture. A loving action.
God will use, bless, and multiply these beyond our wildest dreams.
All we have to do is act. Walk out our faith each and every day so that it is de-privatised.
Here are 16 small and simple random acts of kindness that you can do today:
• Make a list of the needs you see around you and start praying over them daily.
• If you have an elderly neighbour, check in to see how you can help him or her: Chores, food, lifting heavy things, yard work, conversation. Maybe take them a cup of coffee and settle in for a nice chat!
• Take dinner to a friend or neighbour. This is especially helpful for someone who is having difficulty cooking for themselves or is just overwhelmed at the moment.
• Send or drop off flowers or chocolates for a friend along with a note telling them you appreciate them.
• Send out a few “thinking of you” cards to friends or family members.
• Mow your neighbour’s lawn.
• When you get your morning coffee, pick up an extra for a co-worker, friend, or neighbour.
• Put together a few “blessing bags” with toiletries, non-perishable food items, and a small Bible. Include in each bag a handwritten note describing God’s love for us. Put them in your car and be ready to give them out when you see someone with an immediate need. You could do this as part of the bags offered by BMAC to their clients. Speak to Sally or Sandra for more details.
• Leave the server at a restaurant an extra-large tip and a sweet “thank you” message.
• Choose an encouraging Bible verse and share it on social media.
• Pay for the people behind you in the drive-thru.
• Donate food to a local homeless shelter or food bank.
• Make cookies for your co-workers.
• Send a care package to a long-distance friend.
• Babysit for a friend for free.
• Donate to a charity: Clothes, household items, or money.
Make a commitment to do one random act of kindness today! I’d love it if you’d let me know what you decide to do in the comment section of this blog.