God calls us to show love, to speak hope, to be the hands and feet of Christ wherever we are. How can we make a difference in God’s name?
Remember the Little Things
Not all of us can go on mission trips every year or raise thousands of dollars for charity, but there are still a lot of things we can do. Volunteering in our church’s nursery or Sunday school program, raking leaves or shoveling snow for an older neighbor, holding the door at the grocery store for a mom with little kids, paying for the person behind us at the drive-through window—all of these are small ways to make a big difference in someone’s life.
Angelina Palumbo [Mentor, OH]
Give Your Time
Sometimes I help at a soup kitchen for people in my town. These experiences have taught me what it means to give and to expect nothing in return. I’ve discovered that giving can create the most beautiful joy. Even if we don’t have much to give, we can give our time. We can serve at a local shelter or a soup kitchen, or we can give blood. Helping others builds character and helps nourish our relationship with Christ. When we help others, we are sharing the love of Christ with them.
Anna Carlson [Marshalltown, IA]
Share What Brings You Joy
I admit it! I’m a bookworm. I don’t just have books—books have me. But I have a new plan that keeps books from taking over my home. When I purchase a new book, I give away another one.
Recently, while I was getting an oil change, the mechanic shared some real concerns with me. I happened to have a little book that I thought might help, so I gave it to him; and he thanked me profusely. I also donate to the Little Free Library box outside my church. I no longer feel guilty about being a bookworm. Instead, I’m learning that sharing my passion for reading is a great way to bless others.
Doug Rose [Grand Prairie, TX]
Meet People Where They Are
Many homeless people gather on the street corner near my house. Some people give them money, but others judge them as possible drug addicts. I occasionally cook extra food and share it with whomever is on the corner at the time. Drug addicts or not, they need to eat. No one should have to go hungry.
Sarah Klauda [Baltimore, MD]
JULY 8, 2018
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Live In and Act Out of God’s Love
The love of God lives in us and encourages us to make sure that our brothers and sisters are doing well. After all, we are told to love one another as we love ourselves. Don’t we all want the best for ourselves?
Consider Philippians 2:4 (NRSV): “Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” How can you help someone today in a way that will make his or her life better? Ask God to help you use the gifts and abilities you have to serve those in need and to make you aware of the opportunities you have each day to show God’s love to others.
Eben Vorster [Gauteng, South Africa]