With Thanksgiving just around the corner and Christmas on its heels, this is the time of year for family, friends, food, celebrations, and an overwhelming number of great service opportunities. Service opportunities??? Yes!
This time of year there are numerous opportunities to show the love of Christ to others. You can volunteer a few hours to ring a bell for the Salvation Army or to serve meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas days at numerous churches and community organizations. You can buy a few extra groceries and drop them in a basket on your way out the door. You can even collect everything from toys to coats to benefit children locally and around the world.
This time of year there is no shortage of opportunities for you and your family to serve. I hope you will take the opportunity to show the love of Christ to others. If you have children, get them involved. Make service a regular part of family life.
I also encourage you to take it step further. Christmas and Thanksgiving are times when it seems we can go on service overload. This is not a bad thing. The season brings out feelings of gratitude and good will, and I challenge you to allow these attitudes to live in your heart all year long. Consider these facts. Food banks run short of volunteer workers in the summer. Giving to non-profits falls in the spring and summer months. Blood banks run low in the summer.
Why not make volunteering in our community something we do regularly not just during the Holidays? How about sponsoring a food drive in March or providing a meal in July? Let’s show the love of Jesus all year long.
Don’t avoid serving during November and December, but be more than a seasonal servant. Make service a part of everyday (every month) life.