I recently read a Facebook meme that delineated the 10 Toddler Rules of Sharing.
They were as follows:
- If I like it, it’s mine.
- If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
- If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
- If I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.
- If it’s mine, it must NEVER appear to be yours in anyway.
- If I’m doing or building something, all the pieces are mine.
- If it looks like mine, it’s mine.
- If I saw it first, it’s mine.
- If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
- If it’s broken, it’s yours.
I think that anyone of my seven children could have written these rules.
If I’m being honest, I probably could have too.
Maybe you can relate?
I think that most of us would quickly say that we love others and have a desire to serve them – at least on some level. Why, then, is this so hard to actually put this into practice?
No matter how much we want to, or how great our intentions, oftentimes, our “me first” generation and overscheduled, stressed out lives provide friction to serving others.
Be honest. How many of us – on a regular basis – really step out of our comfort zones, get our hands dirty, give sacrificially, and meet another’s needs before our own?
That is why I am pledging to make this month different!
November is the perfect time to try a service project with your family. It is the season of gratitude and thankfulness! What better way to be reminded of the many blessings in your life by helping those who are less fortunate than you?
Here are 10 ways you can love and serve others in your community this holiday season. I challenge you to pick at least one to do together as a family!
- Write a letter to a veteran.
- Volunteer at a food pantry.
- Visit the elderly at a nursing home.
- Make cookies for the police in your community.
- Collect food donations and non-perishables for your local food pantry.
- Rack leaves for an elderly neighbor.
- Invite a new friend over for s’mores and a camp fire.
- Make cards of encouragement for patients at a local cancer center.
- Donate socks (or jackets/hats/gloves/etc) to a homeless organization
- Volunteer at a local animal shelter – play with the dogs and cats and help take care of them!