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5 Ways You Can Help Someone!

It seems like something is always competing for our attention! We’re pulled in so many directions that sometimes we become focused only on what’s going on in our own lives. However as children of God, we should love God first and others second. Love is action and helping others is an act of love.

Here are five ways that you can help others:

  • Pray: The most effective way to help people is to pray for them. James 5:16 says that “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” There’s power in prayer!
  • Volunteer: Find a function that’s in alignment with your beliefs and volunteer to help out. As you come into agreement with the organization’s mission, God can use you powerfully! Remember, there’s power in agreement! Jesus says,

“If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:19-20.)

  • Use Your Talents: Our talents aren’t just to be enjoyed by ourselves! We’re supposed to use them to help others. So, if you’re good with kids, offer to babysit for a single parent. If you write well, volunteer to be a pen pal. If singing is your thing, enter a singing contest to raise money for a good cause. Whatever your abilities are, be sure to use them to help others!
  • Give: Give away old clothing, donate part of your allowance (or paycheck) to a worthy cause, or simply spend some time at a local senior citizen facility. It doesn’t matter what you give, just give something! God will be pleased and He’ll reward you for your good works.
  • Be Kind: Just a kind word or a cheerful smile can help! Remember the last time someone said something kind to you when you were feeling down? Wasn’t it wonderful to know that someone cared!

It doesn’t take a lot to help others. A little time and sacrifice can make such a big difference in someone’s life. After all, Jesus tells us:

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37-39.)

I’d love to hear about the last time you demonstrated love through your actions! Tell me!

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  1. L.Taylor

    Posted by L.Taylor on July 17, 2012 at 12:52

    I live in Tennessee and where I am, I not only get to use my talent with riding horses, but I’m lucky enough to get to volunteer at our local Hippo-therapy program! It’s the highlight of my week to go out to the barn and lead the horses for the kids. I’ve always been kind, too, because my mom always taught me that kindness is easier than being mean. 🙂

  2. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on June 20, 2012 at 15:53

    nicole-VBS is vacation Bible school, a program a lot of churches have for kids in the summer. it usually lasts for about a week.

  3. Posted by on October 23, 2011 at 09:42

    I’m really not allowed to get involved in my community or really any other or donate money to stuff (my dad’s kinda psycho) so I pray for a different cause every day. I also recently started an anonymous blog with which I’m going to write articles for people who need help with emotional things. (That’s my best forte)

  4. Posted by on August 2, 2011 at 09:45

    I Like People But Then I Don’t . I Used To Be Very Generous . Whatever You Asked Me For I Would Try My Best To Give It To You . Even If It Was My Last It Was Yours . But Now People Say I’m Selfish And Maybe I Am But I Don’t Want To Be Generous Or Nice Anymore To People Because They Take Advantage Of Your Kindness And Your Generosity . I Have No Problem Spending My Money, Or My Time Or Giving To Animals Because They Are Not Like People . They Are Loyal, Caring, Loving, Great Listeners, And Comforters Among Other Things . And I Know They Truly Appreciate What I Do For Them .

  5. Posted by on July 4, 2011 at 20:50

    I’m in the the praise band as a singer/drummer with two other teens, my dad/pastor and a pianist with master’s in music. We just recently put the band together due to the organist having health problems. I also used to help with VBS until we hit financial struggles, but I still help with whatever else comes my way, including entertaining the kids after church, which is always a (tiring) blast!

    I also try to be there for my friends when they need help. I’ve found that I have a knack for advice and tutoring. I’m really happy that I’ve established myself as a person that my friends can depend on.

    • Posted by Nicole on July 5, 2011 at 11:46

      that is so cool that you have a gift like that to share with other people, drumming seems really hard!

  6. Posted by on July 4, 2011 at 14:17

    I make friendship bracelets, and I’ve decided to donate all the money I make selling them to mental health awareness.

    • Posted by Nicole on July 5, 2011 at 11:06

      wow that is so amazing and honorable! In the future I am going to get involved with that mission too! you go girl 🙂

  7. Posted by on June 24, 2011 at 09:05

    I demonstrated my love this past weekend to the poor people in Kentucky. I went with three girls from my school and my teacher. I loved serving the people there, and I will miss them deeply! We even led a husband and his wife to the Lord!!

  8. Posted by on June 21, 2011 at 16:09

    Hi! God has given me athletic talents, and during Track & Field season, I try and use them to praise Him. As a competitor, this is one of the hardest things to do: I wish my opponents luck and congratulate them, even if they beat me! I love that God has given me this opportunity to show His love to others.

  9. Posted by on June 16, 2011 at 17:48

    Tomorrow we are having a garage sale and I’m going to have a donation jar out for Get Well Gabby, the page i posted on the Project Inspired Facebook page and most of what I sell is also going into the donation jar

    • Posted by Nicole on June 17, 2011 at 22:18

      Cara- that is the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard. God is so pleased with you and your kind work, he will greatly repay you!

  10. Posted by on June 15, 2011 at 12:40

    I love dancing, so a group of my friends and I dance to praise/worship songs at church 🙂

  11. Posted by on June 14, 2011 at 22:04

    Nicole, the Pioneer Home is the local seniors home – I used to go to a church that caroled there every Christmas eve… Since I don’t go to that particular church anymore, I’d kinda like to get back into that again… 🙂

    • Posted by Nicole on June 14, 2011 at 23:09

      that’s a wonderful idea and thing you can do to help many people! you inspire me 🙂

  12. Posted by on June 14, 2011 at 20:46

    I have a friend who i am trying to get to come to church with me and these things really help thx! 😀

  13. Posted by on June 14, 2011 at 18:37

    Side note(about getting priorities straight): My pastor once told us that it’s NOT about getting priorities straight. He said that we should focus our lives on God, and he will lead us to know when we should act in certain categories of our lives. For example, when praying every day he might feel that God wants him to spend time with his family, so he’d do that, or he could be led to finish something for his job so he would. I know this isn’t exactly on topic, I just hope that it is heplpful to someone now that I’ve bothered to write it 🙂

  14. Posted by on June 14, 2011 at 14:47

    Nicole VBS is vacation Bible school there’s a theme and the kids go around the church doing activities Lessons, Games, snacks, etc That teach them about Jesus and relates to the theme like this year we are doing Panda mania and I enjoy helping out in the food station and it draws in more people to come to church and its for 3 nights and at the end of it on either Saturday or Sunday we either have a carnival or big pizza party to celebrate.

    • Posted by Nicole on June 14, 2011 at 16:11

      That is so amazing! I love this. I want to find a church that does this too! You are blessing so many people with this! The Lord will bless you Cara!

  15. Posted by on June 14, 2011 at 14:21

    This past weekend I volunteered at a Convoy of Hope event that is A Christian organization that provides free services and hands out free groceries to people in need, I am also a leader in training at my church and I am going to be helping out with VBS for the 3rd year in a row that I’ve done so.

    • Posted by Nicole on June 14, 2011 at 14:30

      Cara- that is so sweet of you! I want to do the same thing!! What’s VBS? God will reward you tremendously for your good deeds!

  16. Posted by on June 13, 2011 at 23:19

    My Aunt Janine passed away from cancer December 2. She guided me to the Lord and encouraged me to go through with my faith this year (my parents aren’t very religious…my dad isn’t at all). My family and I have been raising money for cancer in her name..my team has raised about $1,300 right now and we’re still going, and my family in Pennsylvania raised $7500! Even though we went through a difficult trial seeing her in pain like that, He has delivered a multitude of blessings.

    • Posted by Nicole on June 14, 2011 at 14:19

      Alexa- what an incredibly beautiful, and heartfelt way you are giving back. Your aunt Janine is so happy and pleased and watching over your family in Heaven!! God Bless you girl!

  17. Posted by on June 13, 2011 at 22:13

    My piano teacher and I have talked about taking our music to the Pioneer Home and playing for them sometime… I hope that we do it soon!

    • Posted by Nicole on June 14, 2011 at 14:21

      what’s the pioneer home? that sounds so nice to do that for them!

  18. Posted by on June 13, 2011 at 21:50

    I love helping out with the kids at my church! I’ve been helping teach kindergarten for about a year now and I LOVE it! With school starting back in a few months its crazy to think that “my kids” will move up to first grade and I’ll meet new kids who are coming from preschool! 😀 I also do something on Sunday nights for kids in grades k-4 where I play a puppet and act in skits. I’m playing the same puppet in a VBS skit right now. Last year I went to “KidzKamp” ,a childrens retreat where I was a counselor, and a 5th and 6th grade retreat where I was a counselor. This year I’m going on 3 other children’s trips!!! SO EXCITED!!!!!!
    I didn’t grow up in a church, so I never heard the Bible stories most of these kids are growing up with. I truly learn just as much as they do on most days, and I think that’s one of the reasons why God put it on my heart to have a compassion for being around kids and for helping out in this ministry as much as I possibly can!

    • Posted by Nicole on June 14, 2011 at 14:36

      Melissa- you are so incredibly sweet and kind to help these little kids out like this!! What’s VBS? Another girl mentioned it to me too…

  19. Posted by on June 13, 2011 at 19:21

    Well, they’re is this girl at church that I don’t really like, and she’s not very nice, but I’m always pretty nice to her, even when she gets mad at me.

    • Posted by Nicole on June 13, 2011 at 20:00

      That’s the best thing you can do Alli! You make God proud when you show kindness to even those you don’t like. 🙂

  20. Posted by on June 13, 2011 at 18:58

    I teach the toddlers in Vacation Bible School. First time,my old sunday school teacher asked if I wanted to do it,I said yes. Ever since then,I’ve voluenteered to teach. Vbs is all this week,and I am very excited!

    • Posted by Nicole on June 13, 2011 at 20:01

      That is so cute Paris!! what are you teaching them about right now?