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!