Is it only possible to serve God if you speak, sing or do missions? Though the answer is no, it sometimes feels like the answer is yes. Not everyone has a skill or calling that thrusts them to center stage. Others wouldn’t even want to be in the spotlight if the opportunity presented itself! This leaves a large faction of Christian women wondering what, if anything, they have to offer God’s kingdom.
We tend to demean the more practical skills of life. They aren’t as glamorous as a beautiful singing voice or the call to the mission field (at least in our mind’s eye, as these callings have hardships of their own). The reality is that practical skills can make an enormous impact for God’s kingdom. The church has mobilized the humble efforts of Christ followers for thousands of years. What you have to offer is far more important than you know! Here are examples of three practical ways that you can serve others.
Cooking is a lost art—and one of the best skills you can cultivate. If you know how to cook, you have at your fingertips the means of blessing your community! There are many ways you can use your love of being creative in the kitchen to preach the gospel to your world:
- Make meals for a new and/or single mom
- Provide snacks to a local nursing home
- Serve on your church’s fellowship meal or refreshment team
- Assist a soup kitchen in your city
- Teach a class on basic recipes and grocery shopping on a budget
I’m a person who loves to cook and loves to cook with others! One way I utilized this skill was to teach a class at a women’s safe house on saving money for groceries and making cheap, healthy recipes. There are many ways you can use your cooking skills—so brainstorm ideas and start contacting local organizations to get started!
Cleaning and Organization
Not everyone is naturally organized. For some, organization is intimidating; just getting started is so difficult they never even try! If you’re good at decluttering and cleaning a house, this skill can lift a weight off many people who don’t know how much their environment is weighing them down.
A few things you could do as a “Queen of Clean”:
- Offer to tidy and clean the house for a mom of little ones/mom who just had a baby
- Sort and organize needed areas in your church
- Offer to clean your local pregnancy resource center for free
- Help a friend organize her room or set goals for her life
Research and Administration
This might seem like a bizarre skill to include, but hear me out: A good researcher is hard to find! If you’re able to find information quickly in order to make educated decisions, you can help people in many ways. Research takes time—the kind of time a lot of people don’t have. Closely tied to this is administration, or implementing the information gathered through your research. A few ways you could help the people in your life with this skill:
- Help your friend find a used car in her price range
- Locate funding for a church project or nonprofit organization you’re passionate about
- Write an article highlighting the impact a person or organization is making in your community, and submit it to local newspapers or magazines
- Orchestrate a fundraising event for a cause you’re passionate about—a 5k race, expo, concert or sale
Practical skills might not be glamorous, but they are just as useful for God’s kingdom. How will you use your skills to glorify God this month?