I don’t want my kids to just have a “good childhood.” I don’t want them to think that the world is all about them.
I want to shape their hearts to love and serve.
God convicted me with this word of wisdom:
Stop living for the kids and start showing them how to live for Christ.
I want to show my kids the urgency of living this life.
It’s not about being entertained and our own happiness. It’s about showing Christ’s love and keeping our focus on eternity.
I will show you my faith by my works. James 2:18
Here are 3 simple ways to serve with your kids.
1. Volunteer at Church
How do you serve at church with your kids? Sign up to help with something your kids are involved in.
Are they in nursery or a preschool class? Volunteer to teach or help the teacher.
Volunteer at camps or kids’ events. Help when you can, however you can.
Clean up after an event and get your kids involved. A 2-year-old can throw away cups. A 3-year-old can wipe tables.
2. Fundraise or Donate
Let them clean through their toys or clothes that they don’t use any more. Donate them to a local charity, or crisis shelter. Take your kids to that place, and let them carry the items inside.
Go to fundraisers with them. There are a lot of 5k’s out there raising money for a good cause, or let them save their money to buy something they can donate.
We went as a family to a “Walk for Life” that raised money for our local pregnancy support center.
You can also donate books to a “little library.” We have a few in our town. One at an elementary school and a some at a couple parks.
Encourage your kids to pick out their books from home, and drive to go put them in the little library.
3. Visit a Nursing Home
My grandma lives in an assisted living center 2 hours away, so we don’t see her as often as we would like.
My sister-in-law works at the state capitol and passes around candy to spread joy to everyone, especially to stressed or grumpy people.
What a simple act of love. Passing out candy.
I thought that would be pretty sweet to take my kids to a local nursing home and pass out candy.
I remembered the time my son insisted on wearing his Spider-Man costume to Lowe’s and every person we passed either smiled, chuckled, or stopped to say hi to Spider-Man.
So we combined ideas. We put on our Spider-Man costume and princess dress, bought a bunch of butterscotch, caramels, and Hershey kisses, and walked down every hall at the nursing home.
We didn’t know anybody, and we had never been there.
Still, my kids had fun handing out candy.
They got comfortable enough that they just started walking into people’s rooms.
The workers even were thanking me for visiting, saying a lot of them needed this.
I loved watching my kids bring joy to other people. We still have kid-fun, but we are going to look for ways 1-3 hours a week or a weekend to serve others.
What can you do to serve with your children?
How can you show them how to love?