Serving as a family is a wonderful way to not only give back to the community but also to bond and grow closer together. When we serve others, we are following in the example of Jesus Christ. One example of serving as a family is volunteering to deliver food to those in need with organizations like Tree of Life in Purcellville, Virginia. I take my grandsons once a month, as I’m trying to instill the value of serving others at a young age and set a positive example for them at the same time.
Mark 10:45 (NLT)
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.
So, What… for This Week?
Here are some next steps for families to start serving together:
- Choose a cause or organization that your family is passionate about. This could be a local food bank, animal shelter, or community center.
- Research volunteer opportunities and find one that fits your family’s schedule and interests.
- Set a regular schedule for serving together. This could be once a month or even once a week.
- Involve the whole family in the planning process. Let everyone have a say in what cause to support and how to contribute.
- Reflect on the experience as a family. Talk about what you learned, how it made you feel, and what impact you made.
By serving together as a family, we not only make a positive impact on our community but also strengthen our bonds with one another. It’s a win-win situation that follows the teachings of Jesus Christ and helps us live more purposeful lives. In conclusion, serving together as a family is a wonderful way to grow closer to one another and make a meaningful impact in your community. By volunteering with organizations like Tree of Life Ministries, you can show the love of Christ to those in need and help to make a positive difference in the world. Remember, every act of service, no matter how small, can make a big impact. So, let us all be inspired to serve our neighbors with love and compassion, just as Christ served us.
Remember to continue to connect with the kids around a “serving” attitude.
Here are some discussion questions (and Bible verses) that you can review with them:
- What does it mean to love your neighbor as yourself? (Mark 12:31)
- Why did God send Jesus to Earth? (John 3:16)
- What is your favorite story from the Bible, and why?
- How can we show kindness to others? (Ephesians 4:32)
- What is your favorite way to pray and talk to God? Pray for the families we’ll deliver food to!
- How can we be a light to others? (Matthew 5:14-16)
- What is forgiveness, and why is it important? (Matthew 6:14-15)
- How can we trust in God, even when things are difficult? (Proverbs 3:5-6)
- What is the Golden Rule, and how can we apply it in our daily lives? (Matthew 7:12)
- What are some ways we can serve others, just like Jesus did? (Mark 10:45)
These questions should be a good starting point for some meaningful discussions between you and the kids.
Please, take your time to really explore each question in depth. I hope this helps!
You’re raising WORLD CHANGERS!