We each have the opportunity to change someone’s day and/or their life. Sowing kindness into the lives of those around you is faith taking action.
- Change someone’s tire
- Give someone a ride to the doctor
- Help someone move
- Give someone’s car a jump
- Dog sit or cat sit
- Enable others to achieve success, dreams, goals.
- Pick up your neighbor’s newspaper if they ask.
- Bring cookies to work, school, church.
- Go to a wedding shower. Buy a gift on the list that is meaningful to you.
- Create a beautiful garden. Others will enjoy it, too.
- Make a lap robe for an elderly person….quilted, crocheted, or knitted.
- Let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store.
- Be patient.
- Smile when you talk to a customer service representatives on the phone. They can hear it. Make a joke. While you are waiting for their computers to process your information, ask what state they are working in and how is the weather. Even if they are unable to help you, thank them for their effort. Your call may give them fresh energy for the day.
- Donate your gently used household items and clothing to thrift stores. Throw away anything that is broken, ripped, stained, or worn out. (Amazing what awful stuff I find at thrift stores).
- Contribute your extra craft supplies to groups that will really use them. (Is there a knitting club at your church that makes hats for babies, for instance).
- Be a volunteer at community event. Pick up trash, hand out water bottles, give directions.
- Tutor students at your local schools.
- Do your sister’s/brother’s chore for them, but keep it a secret.
- Proof-read your roommate’s homework assignment.
We can all do something.
“Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”
Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.” James 2:14-18 – The Message, the Bible.