Friday, September 23, 2011

Love Revolution: Acts Of Kindness


At C3 Church, Pastor Matt Fry recently began a new sermon series titled "LOVE." In case you missed it, check out last weeks live blog article.

Over the next few months, the church will dig deep into the subject of love while also reading a highly recommended book by Joyce Meyer called "Love Revolution."

This week, Pastor Matt released a blog post on the acts of kindness. In the article, he shares a list of things that we can do to demonstrate our love for each other. Surprisingly, this very message has been on my heart for months. Most recently, it has come up in discussions with the executive board for my fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi.

Our discussions have been centered on finding ways to return a value by showing kindness and being in service for one other. As brothers, we should passionately seek ways to bless both the individual and their families. If someone gets sick, we should step up, deliver meals, clean the house, or mow a lawn. It's not about us or what we'll get in return, but rather it is a sign of love and support.

Think about how awesome a friend, relative, or fraternity brother would feel if they came home from work and found their cupboards full of food. What if we took care of others the way we take care of ourselves? It would be both memorable and life-changing. Remember, love is not a feeling but an ACTION WORD.

In closing, I would like to share a few ideas Pastor Matt came up with on his blog. Immediately following that, I would ask you to share your ideas. What are some other ways that we can help each other out? What have you tried that really made an impact on someone else's life? Let's talk about it in the comment section below.

INDIVIDUAL:
  1. Take your child’s teacher and/or bus driver a lunch or coffee gift card.
  2. Pay for the person’s food behind you in a drive-thru.
  3. Pay for someone’s gas.
  4. Send an encouraging note to someone who is going through a tough time or someone you haven’t connected with in a while.
  5. When you’re mowing your grass, mow your neighbor’s grass too.
  6. Take your neighbor a meal.
  7. Offer to clean the house for an expectant mom or a senior citizen.
  8. Serve at the Raleigh Rescue Mission or Smithfield Boys & Girls Club.
  9. Leave a note of thanks with a $5 gift card for your mail carrier, trash collector, etc.
  10. Adopt an under privileged child in your child’s classroom and provide school supplies, snack and/or lunch money for that child.
  11. Pay a utility bill for someone who is going through a difficult time.
  12. Leave a generous tip for your waiter or waitress when you dine out.
  13. Buy someone’s groceries at the supermarket.
  14. Give someone a C3 sermon CD.
  15. Park further away in order to give someone else a closer space.
GROUP:
  1. Provide free services for those in need through your business.
  2. Contact local schools and spend Saturdays cleaning, painting and fixing up school buildings that are in need.
  3. Provide meals for families in need. A list is available at the church office.
  4. Go to the hospital and drop off gift baskets to the sick or those working.
  5. Collect clothes and donate them to a local organization.
  6. Collect and provide school supplies for teachers.
  7. Send out teams to neighborhoods and help with anything people need done in their house or yard. 
  8. Cook a meal for local police officers and/or firefighters.
  9. Bring in snacks for teachers and/or principals.
  10. Hand out free bottles of water at community sports events (GCAA soccer games, football games, etc.).
  11. Make lunches to give out at Moore Square in Raleigh.
  12. Make cards and small care boxes for people in assisted living facilities.
  13. Collect and donate baby items for iChoose Pregnancy Support Services.
  14. Throw a surprise party for someone.
  15. Ask a local non-profit how to help maintain or improve their facilities.

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