Summer makes a wonderful time to teach our kids to reach out in compassion towards others. Talk together about ways you want to serve people in your community and abroad. Prayerfully consider some of the following ideas:
Visit a local homeless shelter and help serve meals.
Offer your help to a local food pantry or charity resale shop.
Help out with Special Olympics in your area.
Put together lunches to hand out to homeless people or those asking for money.
Offer to help tutor or read to kids at a local summer school program.
Visit a nursing home and bring artwork or flowers to give away.
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking. It’s easy to get wrapped up in how we are going to have a fun and busy summer, but there is great joy in stepping beyond ourselves and caring for others who need a lift up or a helping hand. Our children’s unselfish love for others will grow as we give them opportunities to put their love into action. So use the opportunity you have with your time this summer to move out of your comfort and into the joy of loving and serving others.
I John 3:18 “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”