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In our busy lives, finding opportunities to serve others can seem like such a, well burden, sometimes. If I’m being honest, serving others is not always meant to be easy. But, that doesn’t mean there are no easy ways to serve others that we can do.
First off, it’s important to recognize what resources you have at your disposal and what kind of time you have. Also, where does your heart lie? That can often help you in choosing how to serve.
1 | Deliver Meals
Whether you’re on the meal train at church, bringing a meal to a neighbor, or volunteering for meals on wheels; delivering meals is an easy but effective way to serve others. Because everyone needs to eat, three times a day no matter where you are.
Depending on what you’re doing, you may be asked to make meals and serve them to families who are in need or have a sick member. Here are some tips when serving others.
- Pull from your own freezer meals
- Keep it simple
- Add paper plates, cutlery, cups, and drinks
- Include dessert
- Write down the ingredients (for allergen purposes)
- Add a handwritten note
- Pray for them
- Offer to bring their favorite fast food
- Make a chicken, or a casserole, or a chicken casserole. Most times the only food people are given in times of trouble are casserole after casserole and it can get tiring quick. When my best friend died of cancer she had about 100 chicken casseroles in her fridge and she had almost given up on eating because she was so sick of it. So I went and grabbed freezer waffles, Jimmy Dean’s breakfast bowls, and pop tarts because honestly, the food was for her enjoyment; not to elongate her life. Buying this stuff at the store was easier than making a casserole and didn’t cost me more than $20 and it made her so happy.
- Drop and run. Ask if you can pray for them or if they need anything else. While you may not be able to help meet other needs they might have, you can bring that back to the church and follow through on getting them help.
- Say you’ll be praying for them. It’s something they will hear 100x a day and after a while, it’s the same as saying “Isn’t that too bad” or “So sorry for your loss”. Take time to pray with them while you’re there and let them know that they are not forgotten or a burden on anyone.
2 | Sponsor a Child
Sponsoring a child is a little more costly, but once you’ve picked a child and set up automatic payments you are done. While I would heavily encourage praying for the child, there is no other work needed to make a huge difference in a child’s life. If you would like to sponsor a child, I would encourage you to take a look at Compassion International. You can find their sponsor a child program here.
3 | Donate to Children in Need of Adoption
According to adoption.org there are 153 million orphans in the world in 2020. While adopting children would definitely never make the list of “Easy Ways to Serve Others” (trust me on this one) donating to a child’s adoption can. Most international adoptions cost between $30,000-$50,000. There are so many people who are willing to adopt, but the cost can get in the way of that.
I have talked about how I’ve had to get a second full-time job just to pay for my son’s adoption and it’s been hard. But there are children in desperate need of adoption now before they age out, are lost in the system, or worse. By helping raise funds for specific children you can help them go to loving families where they will be cared for instead of being left to an unknown future.
If you are interested in helping families and orphans become one, I would suggest checking out all the ways to help on Reece’s Rainbow.
Doing Kingdom work can often seem harder than it actually is. We all have our part to do for Him, but sometimes it can be easier done than said. What other ways do you serve others? Leave a comment down below and share your ideas!