As I share our first month of focusing on others in 2012, please understand that I am not seeking attention for what we’ve done. As Katie mentioned in a comment on my original post on this subject, these acts of service are done first of all to glorify God, and secondly, to help us develop a more Christ-like mind. I share our efforts here that I might have accountability for reaching these goals and in hopes of encouraging readers who seek to have the same focus.
In January, we chose to find ways each week to share our faith. Here’s what we were able to do.
- Made brownies, which we put in a basket and delivered to a family that moved in down the street. We gave them a tract with information about our church and invited them to visit.
- Left a gospel tract at a bookstore and at a mall in a place where people could easily find and read it.
- As part of a church-wide visitation program, we delivered “welcome” baskets (filled with pre-wrapped crackers, cookies, candy, etc., along with information about our church) to homes of people who have recently moved into the area.
- Our nine-year-old invited several neighbors to a special Friends and Neighbors service we had at our church on the 29th.
One of the lessons I am learning is that even my efforts to minister to others can become self-centered. As I looked about for people to reach out to, I found that my motivation was to accomplish the project when I should have been concentrating on the other person and their needs, especially spiritually. I need to continue asking God for His help in getting my focus right.
As we were leaving a small homeschool activity a couple of weeks ago, I asked our daughters if they had made any new friends or found a way to be helpful. Our nine-year-old told how she had helped another girl, then said, “I just did it, and didn’t even really think about how I was being kind.” That, I told her, is our goal – that helping others will become such a natural part of who we are that we do it without even thinking.
We’ll be choosing another project for February, so watch for another update at the end of next month!