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When you’re in the middle of a financial crisis, helping, or trying to bless others can be at the bottom of your list. What do you have to give anyway? But it really doesn’t have to be. Blessing others and furthering His kingdom doesn’t always need money. Just look at Jesus, He was a wanderer without a job who stayed with generous hosts in each town, yet He went on to do the most important task in the world.
We don’t have to have material items to give and bless others, we can do that in any circumstance.
1 | Bless Others with Your Time
Time (technically) costs nothing. There are so many things that you can do with your time that are truly needed in the church and community.
- Visit the nursing homes (after COVID)
- Volunteer at church events
- Volunteer for church service tasks
- Spend time with lonely church members
- Help overwhelmed mothers
- Go grocery shopping for those who can’t
- Help transport those who cannot drive
- Write letters to soldiers
There are so many ways to give your time to others that make a huge impact. We often put a price on time (as businesses give us an hourly rate) but what we don’t understand is that sometimes one hour from us can be priceless to someone else in ways we will never know.
2 | Bless Others with What You Have
I’ve talked about using your clutter for ministry, and there are great ways to use what you have for ministry. As the saying goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Even if you don’t have much, giving a little is better than keeping without reason.
One of my favorite ways to bless others, even my family, is giving my sister some of the shirts I don’t wear. They’re practically new, but for one reason or another they don’t fit or I don’t like them anymore. My sister, who has been homeless and is currently battling cancer, doesn’t have a source of income and doesn’t often get clothing; so anything I share is something that she didn’t have before.
3 | Bless Others with Your Love
I know this sounds a little strange, but think of what you could do if you decided to bless others by spreading God’s love as you went about your day.
- hold the door for a stranger
- smile at someone
- pay someone a compliment
- pray over someone
- share Jesus with someone
- offer to take a cart back to the return for someone
- tell a stressed parent their doing a good job
Often times we will pass up these opportunities because they can feel awkward or cringey, and we don’t know what the outcome will be. That’s okay, it doesn’t matter if they accept it or think you’re crazy, you are doing His will by spreading His love and that’s all that matters.
How do you bless others in hard times? Leave your ideas down below!