Considering Others (part 2)
Creating Kindness in Your Community
“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34).
Christ’s commandment is clear. We’re to love people like he’s loved us! In what ways could you love your neighbors the way Christ has loved you? In what ways could you extend Christ’s love to your community?
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Bless the homeless in your city.
- Carry fast food gift certificates or small snacks in your car. Whenever you see a homeless man or woman, give them a free meal.
- Travel with a thermos of hot chocolate in the winter or iced water in the summer. Share cups with the homeless in your community.
- Bless newly married couples in your community with gifted relationship resources. Talk to the county clerk’s office about your offer and work out a system to get the resources into the hands of couples in your community.
- Coordinate a community effort to clean up a vacant lot or neighborhood park.
- Give away lemonade and cookies to the neighbors rather than sell them at a lemonade stand. Let this simple gesture help you establish relational connections between you and your neighbors.
- Go to construction sites and hand out water bottles if the weather is hot or coffee if the temperatures are cooler. Offer a word of appreciation for how these men and women are building good things for your community.
- Surprise someone in the church with a free day of yard work or a free night of babysitting.
- Go to the community park and hand out bubbles for the younger kids. Offer to start a volleyball or softball game for the older students.
- Support a family who has a child with special needs, who has recently adopted a child or who is currently fostering children. Find out how your family might ease the burdens for a family with a child who is autistic, blind, hearing impaired, or physically disabled.
- Provide car repairs (or other services) for single moms or senior citizens within the community. Offer the needed services but make intentional time just for friendship and helping them know they’re not alone.
- Minister to families who are grieving.
- One pastor in Indiana is often asked to perform funeral services for families outside his congregation. As a ministry, the church offers to host the entire extended family in their meeting hall and then serves the family a meal. This gift of time, food, and compassion goes a long way toward drawing people to the One who is the source of love.
- Minister to families who are traumatized.
- One pastor in Texas often leads his church members to the emergency rooms of their local hospitals. Their mission is simply this: to give care and comfort to the family members who are waiting for their loved ones to receive treatment.
- Adopt a fire station or police station.
- These public servants often need a listening ear to hear their concerns over the traumas that they encounter. Serve food, supplies and messages of gratitude for how these first responders care for your community. Spread the word about the positive ways they contribute to your neighborhood and interact with your neighbors.