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Sometimes when I look at my generation, I feel sick inside. What ever happened to helping others? Is it a dying art? Thankfully, if you really look around, you soon find that it isn’t dead…yet. There are some children and young adults that are very quick to help, and I can only thank their parents, who trained them well. Hope is still there.
When I become a parent, I want to teach my children to serve. Not just to serve, but to serve others willingly and happily. No grudging. No postponing. Just complete, whole-hearted serving. I don’t want them to be selfish human beings…
I know it won’t be easy, because I sure didn’t give my parents any breaks. Teaching your children to serve and become selfless is a very hard thing to teach. It’s human nature to be selfish, and to fight ones self is probably one of the hardest battles ever fought. Peter says it ever so clearly, in Matthew 26:41: “For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!”
I have always had a servant heart, but just because I have one doesn’t mean I don’t deal with selfishness, because I most certainly do. I love helping people, but there does come a time where I just want to “help” me. Sometimes when I am caught up in my act of selfishness, I am reminded of how Jesus served: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matt. 20:28)
At this point in my life, I serve a lot. One thing I have noticed is this: I want to serve more. Never have I felt as good as I do after I have completed a job of service. This is the heritage I want to pass on to my children. This is one lesson I want them to learn.
20 Acts to Teach Children to Serve Others:
*Disclaimer: some of these suggestions are for older children.
- Do yard work for an elderly neighbor
- Serve at a local soup kitchen
- Offer to read a book to a young child
- Give a worker a big cold beverage, such as a water or lemonade
- Run and get the mail for an elderly neighbor
- Visit a Nursing home
- Making dinner for a sick family
- Offer to babysit for family friends
- Breakfast in bed
- Watch younger siblings, so mommy and daddy can go on a date
- Volunteer at church
- Fold the laundry
- Take care of the dishes and clean the kitchen
- Dust the house
- Give a back rub
- Wash, vacuum, and/or clean out the car
- Weed the yard
- Make the mail man a special treat
- Do the grocery shopping for your parents or for a family who are sick
- Serve lunch
You may have noticed that some of the things I listed can be considered chores, but you know what…they can be considered acts of service, too, especially if you are tired or busy.I will receive commission on any sales made on my blog. To learn more, read my disclosure policy.