My friend Debbie lets her light shine in a special way every Thursday at 12:30 in Austin, Texas. Through an elementary school mentoring program, Debbie has lunch with Susan, a little girl who lives with her grandmother because her mother died, and her father’s an unfit guardian.
Jesus, the Light of the World, stepped out of his comfort zone to meet needs. He challenged his followers to a radical faith: visit the sick, clothe and feed the needy, and visit those in prison. Jesus demonstrated what love does. Love gives. He calls us to do the same when He says:
With the holiday season approaching, we naturally think about giving. What if we let our light shine brighter by giving to someone who can’t give back?
Maybe like me you feel overwhelmed enough by your own life. Maybe reaching out to those in need is a little bit scary because it takes us out of our comfort zone. We tell ourselves we don’t have time.
On Monday I wrote about how I was impacted by seeing my kids do something for Syrian refugees.
In response, I want to make time this holiday season to do ONE THING with my family to be good news to a hurting world. One thing that will help us shift our focus off of ourselves and onto God and making His name famous.
Will your family join mine to shine our lights brighter? Here are some ideas:
1. Visit someone you know who is sick or shut in at home.
2. Volunteer in a soup/food kitchen.
3. Visit the elderly in a nursing home.
4. Buy the fixings for a Thanksgiving meal for a needy family. (Delivering it yourselves makes it more real to your children.)
5. Take your child shopping to buy gifts to fill a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child. (Deadline is November 24th.)
6. Buy an Angel Tree Christmas gift for the child of a prisoner. (Check out the Angel Tree website for other ways to get involved.)
7. Give something to the homeless man or woman you see out on the street. (Here’s the story of how Tarissa in Kansas handed a bag of fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies to a woman at an intersection.)
These are just a few ways that we can step out to be good news to someone who needs it. Let’s let our lights shine a little brighter this holiday season.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have any other ideas?
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