I’m back. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and don’t forget that Christ is around us all the time, not just at holidays! Carynn and I had an amazing weekend. One of the things I got out of the weekend is how important friends and family are. I learned how important it is for us to help each other out and sometimes we just need someone to say “Hey, I’m doing to do this for you.”
This week we are discussing Acts of Service. Other than believing that Christ is our Lord and Savior, we are asked to serve each other. Christ spent his whole life serving those who were around him. Take this into consideration for those around you.
According to the Focus on the Family booklet, people prefer if you not say “let me know if you need anything.” More than likely, they won’t reach out, even if they know they can. Instead, be specific in your offers of help. If you are going to the store you could send a quick text or call and say, “I’m going to Target, is there anything I can get you while I’m there?” That family may desperately need a gallon of milk and be too swamped to go get it.
There are other ways to help out. It could be yard work (which I love and want to continue doing), housecleaning, cooking, etc. Maybe even coordinate meals for the first few weeks after a family’s kids move in. Ask the adoptive family what their favorite meals are and what time they eat. Or maybe even offer to come over and help prepare meals with the kids while the parents get a break. That way you do Respite Care and Acts of Service all at the same time!