As I was sitting in my chair, enjoying a few moments of “alone” time while the older kids played and the younger ones napped, my mind began to wonder. Jesus commands us to love God first, and then our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40). I assure you, loving others in the way in which God intended is a learned behavior for most people. People are not easy to love. Think about your kids: they are needy, they disappoint us at times, and sometimes, if we’re honest, they are flat-out annoying.
With that being said, I thought about some ways I could teach my kids to be a blessing to others. Here is what I came up with:
- do a chore for a sibling “just because”
- play with a sibling, doing whatever the sibling wants to do
- take a silly picture and email/text it to a family member
- mail a short note or color a picture for a neighbor, friend, or family member
- bake cookies or muffins and give them to someone you haven’t seen in a while
- take a meal (that you all worked to prepare) to someone you know who needs a little cheering up
This list is meant to give you ideas. Being a blessing to others is simply letting others know you care about them; it doesn’t have to be a long, involved project. I’d love to hear some of your ideas. Feel free to share in the comments!