I’ve been sharing about service on the blog for the past few weeks. If you read about the 5 characteristics of a servant of the Lord, you know I shared about my one word for 2016. Service.
I really want to be intentional about finding ways to serve other people more this year. I want to do more giving and less taking. In this post, I talked about how Jesus came to serve us, and not to be served. And how it’s important for us to try to be like him.
A couple of weeks ago, I also shared a prayer for a heart of service because one thing I’ve noticed is how hard it is to serve other people! I feel like I either miss opportunities for service, or let my flesh respond before giving my spirit an opportunity to respond.
So I did some brainstorming, and today I’m sharing 5 simple ways to serve people with you. I initially had 10, but the post got way too long, so next week, I’ll share 5 more simple ways to serve people with you.
I think that I miss moments of service that I right in front of me sometimes, because I’m looking for the big, “significant” moments. So, I was purposeful about making sure most of the things on this list really are simple things that can be incorporated into our day-to-day lives.
5 Simple Ways to Serve People
Hold the door for someone.
This first one might seem like simple manners, or not an act of service at all. However, if you’ve ever had a time when you were rushing somewhere, or maybe late for a meeting, or just trying to get in out of the cold, then you know how much this small gesture means. I’m always grateful when someone ahead of me, holds the door because it shows me that they’re thoughtful, and they’re aware of their surroundings. And I think doing that for other people, can be very helpful.
Give a ride to someone in need.
This is where sacrifice starts to come in, because to serve someone in this way, you’ll have to give up some of your time. But I guess that’s the main theme of service right? Things stop being about us, and start being about other people.
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Volunteer at a shelter/food bank.
I think serving with your time is just as important as serving with your money. A lot of shelters are always looking for people to help them out with their residents by coming to help out or donating some non-perishable foods.
Donate to a charity/cause.
If you find that you can’t serve with your time, then your money will do. Just make sure you do your research to ensure that your money is going to a worthy cause.
Offer to buy a colleague or friend lunch or a drink… or a cup of coffee.
The next time you’re driving through Starbucks, McDonald’s, Chic-fil-a or whatever drive through you’re in, offer to pay for the person behind you. I guarantee you, it’s a small thing that’ll make their day. Side bar – I ask what the total amount of their purchase was before I offer to pay when I do this.
There you have it, 5 simple ways to serve people. Don’t forget to check back next week for 5 more simple ways to serve people.
What do you think about these 5 Simple Ways to Serve People? And do you have a favorite way that you like to serve others?
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