In today’s devotion I talked about my desire to tap into Jesus’ super power of secret service. Although that’s truly my heart, I face two challenges with which you might be able to relate. I’m creatively challenged and short on time.
Here’s a list of easy and creative ideas I’ve compiled from several resources to help us along in living out this Secret of Service:
- Offer to water your neighbors’ plants or take in their mail when they’re out of town.
- Take popsicles or chicken soup to someone who is sick.
- Take food to someone in need when your recipe is more than enough for your family (or double it on purpose!)
- Let a friend cry while you listen without feeling the need to “fix it”.
- Send a friendship card when there is no special occasion.
- Get your office mates together to give a little gift of appreciation to your boss.
- Offer baby-sitting services to a single mom who needs a break or a married friend who needs a date night.
- Plan a picnic after church with someone who is new.
- Put an encouraging scripture on a card or leave it on the answering machine with an “I’m praying for you” for someone in crisis.
- Give a pedicure gift certificate to a friend in her 9th month of pregnancy. (Girly-girls want their toes to look pretty even when they can’t see them. 🙂
- Clean someone’s house when they’re sick.
- Call someone just to say “hi” instead of calling with an agenda or to ask a favor.
- Take a minute to direct someone who is lost, even though you’re rushing.
- Write a letter to a child who could use some extra attention. Kids love getting mail.
- Offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, especially in extreme weather.
- Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
- Bring your assistant coffee.
- Call or write to a teacher who changed your life.
- Write a note to the boss of someone who helps you, and explain how great a job that person is doing.
- Ask someone “How are you really doing?”—and then really listen to her response.
- When you finish mowing your lawn, mow your neighbor’s.
- Offer time and your area of expertise/gifting to someone who needs it.
- Take a new neighbor a plate of cookies.
Often, we don’t ever get to see the results or impact of these small acts of service, but today I did. I got an email from a woman who I reached out to in a small way letting me know she took a huge step. It made me cry to know that God took a little thing I did to accomplish something big in a woman’s life.
Little acts of obedience and service can have big impact. (Click here to Tweet this)
So I want to issue a little challenge. Let’s form a Secret Service Club today. Will you pick 4 of your favorite acts from the list above (or think of your own) and commit to doing one a week for the next month?
If you will commit, please leave a comment saying, “I’m in!” Not only will it encourage each other, your comment will enter you to win a copy of my favorite, classic book Hind’s Feet on High Places. If you’ve already got a copy, enter anyway. Maybe you could serve a friend by passing it on to her!
Also, if you haven’t subscribed to my blog, I’d love to issue an invitation. (You’ll see the place to do it in the sidebar to the right.) I’ll post encouragement for our “club” for the next month, and I’d love to hear how it’s going. Let’s make this a little band of friends serving to make a difference!