Little Becomes Much: Simply Show God’s Love

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When we reflect Jesus, our simple actions turn into meaningful acts. What may not take a lot of time or effort for us can mean a lot to the recipient.
 

Take the First Step

  • Sit with an elderly person or take him or her out if possible, allowing the caregiver to leave or nap.
  • Become involved in the life of a young mom in your church or neighborhood.
  • Help single moms. Offer to babysit or take children to the park.


Caught in the Act

Decorate a jar with the title “Caught Being Caring” and place it in your usual meeting space. Discuss what it means to show God’s love and care for others inside and outside your group by using both words and actions. Encourage everyone to find simple ways to show God’s love to others (e.g., making up a roommate’s bed, reading a book to a sick friend, taking an elderly neighbor her newspaper).

When you learn of someone in your group doing a caring deed, write the person’s name and the deed on a slip of paper to place in the jar. At the end of each meeting, open the jar, read the deeds, and let the group guess who performed each act of kindness. Discuss each meaningful action and how God’s love was shown.

Challenge group members to keep showing God’s love and verbally share Christ as the opportunity arises.
 

Welcome to Work

  • Write encouraging notes to your coworkers.
  • If you notice the coffee pot is empty, then make more coffee.
  • Clean out the refrigerator or microwave in the break room. Bring a vase of fresh flowers for the table.
  • Leave a note of appreciation (include a Scripture verse) or a small gift card to a fast-food restaurant on your desk for the cleaning crew.
     

The Art of Blessing

Pastors, staff members, Sunday School teachers, and workers need your support. Write a note, send an email, make a phone call, and pray for them. I recently received an encouraging note from a woman I taught in Sunday School 20 years ago. Read the bulletin, stay current on needs at church, and volunteer for something new or pray for someone to fill the gap.


“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life,
by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (James 3:13).

 


Gail Veale is a freelance writer from North Carolina.

 

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