“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind. And you must love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12: 30-21).
Jesus calls us to view everyone as our neighbors, but “loving our neighbors” is far from easy in our culture where individualism is prized and people are more isolated than ever. In order to fully live out this call to love, we must be intentional about doing it. Children watch everything we do – they overhear us loving our neighbors, and they overhear us failing at it. Parents and congregations who model love for God and love for neighbors unlock the third “key” to forming the faith of our children. Kids who see love and service in action grow up with an understanding that when we love our neighbors, we ARE loving God.
Children learn by doing and they learn by stories. We need to model serving others and we need to tell the stories of what happens when we serve together. They need to see us working side by side, laughing, loving, and trying to be the hands and feet of Christ.
We’ve decided as a congregation to join the movement to spread “Random Acts of Christmas Kindness.” This is a GREAT way to model the spirit of servanthood and giving out of your abundance. Click HERE to learn more about our “RACK’D” program.
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