Teaching children about putting others first and serving others is not something that we can just do with our words, it is something we must show by our actions. For our children to be world changers, we need to teach them to think beyond themselves and their corner of the world. In her article, Serving as a Family, Grace Fox writes that we must “teach our kids to think beyond themselves and their own needs.” She offers some great ideas that she found just by looking around her. Some suggestions she offers are to house missionaries who are home on furlough, deliver meals to a pregnant friend on bedrest, or provide transportation to kids who need a ride to church.
Here are a few other suggestions from Family Muscle for incorporating service into your home:
- Sponsor a child through Compassion International and write letters to your sponsored child as a family.
- Visit nursing homes during the holidays and take cards.
- Make a dessert and deliver it to your neighbors.
- Pray for countries around the world and for missionaries serving in those areas. Two great Web sites are Operation World and the Joshua Project.
- Pay for the person’s meal at the drive in who is behind you in line.
- Go on mission trips as a family.
Service is a lifestyle, not an event or a one time activity. When you practice service as a family, those qualities become a natural response in your children.
What are ways you serve others in your family?