Being of service means having a heart that is ready and willing to help those in need. It’s especially nice if we can help even before being asked.

2 Corinthians tells us (9:7 NIV) “…God loves a cheerful giver.” 

Here are some practical ways we can be of service to others. 

Is someone you know feeling sad? If you play an instrument, offer to play some cheerful music for them or sing a song. Write letters or send cards to the sad or sick. Making your own card is even better than a store bought one! Do you know someone in the hospital? Visit them with a smile and happy words of encouragement.

Volunteer at a shelter for people less fortunate than you.

Read scriptures or recite uplifting poems to older people who might not be able to see so well anymore.   

Are you good at making or doing something? Share your skills by teaching or making something beautiful for someone you love and appreciate like a family member, friend, church member or teacher.

Help your parents by cleaning up after yourself. Dry the dishes or help put away the groceries before being asked. Volunteer to help with chores – even the ones you don’t like to do! 

Ask your parents to help you donate things you don’t need, like toys you don’t play with anymore or clothes that don’t fit you. Someone less fortunate would love to have a new toy or a warm coat.

Pray for others going through difficult experiences. Ask God to give them strength and courage.

Help a friend with homework or tutor someone having trouble in your class. Do you see a classmate sitting alone? You can really make a difference just by giving a friendly smile or sitting with them so they don't feel lonely.

Ask your teachers if they need help setting up or cleaning up an activity.

Matthew 25:40 tells us that if we do kind things for others, it’s the same as doing it for Jesus! Of course God is also happy when we help each other. Hebrews (6:10 Good News Translation) says, “God is not unfair. He will not forget the work you did or the love you showed for him in the help you gave and are still giving to other Christians. 

So, how can we be of service to others? By trying to have a heart ready and willing to help, looking for ways to make things easier for those around us. God will be very pleased with this attitude of service! 

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