Everyone is born with a longing to mean something in the world, to make a difference, to place one’s stamp of influence somewhere. How does one go about doing that? I am not sure it is a conscience decision. It happens out of our hearts. It happens out of our deeds. It happens out of our love for the world. It happens in making a difference for one person — helping them in a tangible way.
1. Laugh. Make a conscious effort to laugh a lot, and it will become habit. Laughing is contagious. “The cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15b (NIV)
2. Be considerate. Say “please” and “thank you.” Be compassionate. Empathize with others. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.” Galatians 5:22 (ESV)
3. Be a friend and be friendly. “Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” II Corinthians 13:11 (ESV)
4. Be generous to friends. Invite friends for a meal or take them out. “And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts.” Acts 2:46 (ESV)
5. Do a Random Act of Kindness: When in a Starbucks drive-through, pay for the person behind you. “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25
6. Volunteer with a charitable organization or service club. “…through love serve one another.” Galatians 4:13b (ESV)
7. When tragedy strikes a family and they will have a houseful of people, deliver a fully-cooked ham and a sweet potato casserole. “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.” I Thessalonians 2:8 (NIV)
8. Always avoid doing something which is hurtful or rude. “Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished.” Proverbs 11:21 (ESV)
9. When illness strikes, make a large pot of chicken noodle soup. “They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.” I Timothy 6:18 (ESV)
Easiest Chicken Noodle Soup – Ever!
2 boxes (approx 4 cups each) chicken broth
8 oz package egg noodles
1 rotisserie roasted chicken
2 cans chicken noodle soup
1 can vegetable soup
salt and pepper
Bring chicken broth to boil and cook noodles in broth. While noodles are boiling pull chicken from bone. Once noodles are done add chicken and canned soups, season with salt and pepper to taste. Leftover soup will need more chicken broth as the noodles absorb the liquid, so give your friend with an extra box of broth.