Intro: Try it, you’ll like it! (Life Cereal)
When everyone else was afraid to try Life Cereal, they called on Mikey. Sometimes stepping out of our comfort zone is just too scary. Have you felt God gently (or maybe not so gently) nudging you to do something for someone else? You know that it needs to be done, but you keep putting it off because it is outside of your comfort zone? Well ladies, this week we are taking a step outside of our comfort zones.
Assignment: This week I want you to do something for someone else. Do you have a neighbor that needs you? Do you know an elderly person or single mom that could use you? What about the homeless? Pack even one single sack lunch and give it to someone in need. Do you know someone in blogland that is struggling right now and could use a note from you about how much you care? Pray about this. Let God put on your heart the perfect thing for you to do for another. Now, here is the kicker…I DO NOT want you to post about what you do. Whatever you choose to do is between you and God. Our rewards are in heaven, not here on earth, Mathew 6:1. I want you to post about how doing this “act” made you feel. Was stepping out of your comfort zone in this area as hard as you thought it might be? Could you see the gratefulness in their eyes? Hear it in their voice? Tell it from their typing? Do you think you might make doing things like this a more regular part of your time? If this is an area that you are already active in, tell us how you feel this has impacted your life.
Picture ideas: Post a picture of your “Helping Hands”. Let us see a picture of your hands, the hands that have honored God by being Christ like and serving others.
As I read this assignment, I am thinking of the things that my kiddos and I have done this past year, with the fire department, with scouts and thru the church. I was pretty excited about posting a picture...only to realize that I am the one TAKING the pictures most all of the time. So, I was sad that there are none of me getting in on the action, but I am always there, because everyone is in the pictures, and someone has to be taking them....I will work harder on passing the camera off to others so I can be in some pictures also.
As the assignement says, do not share, so I won't go into specifics, but this past year, as my children have gotten older and more involved in scouting, I have been made more aware of reaching out into the community and helping with needs. I have found - the more we do, the more we offer to help, the more that we want to do more. I have also found that living in a smallish community, when someone is in need, that the whole community pulls together and you are not just a neighborhood, but a family thru times that need family.
A verse that stands out to me right now - II Samuel 7:3 - ...Go do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.