Tuesday’s Truly Thoughtful Way to Serve Others ~ Money’s Tight How Can I Help?

Sometimes we live on such a tight budget that it feels like there isn’t anything we can do to help others (especially when you can barely make ends meet yourself).  God is very specific in His word that we are to help the poor so here are some ‘creative’ ways YOU can serve the Lord by helping others and be the hands and feet of Christ….

1) Share from Your Stockpile. I’m sure a lot of you already do this, but this is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to bless someone in need (especially if you coupon shop) 

When you find a good bargain that you’re able to stock up on while still staying within your grocery budget, stock up! Over time, you’ll likely develop a nice stockpile of extra groceries and household products. Having these extra groceries and household products will not only save you a lot of money since you’ll be paying pennies on the dollar for most products you use, but you’ll also be able to bless others from your abundance. 

Maybe you can’t give a $50 check to a needy family or individual, but you could likely put together a box of canned goods and household products worth $50 to share with them. Or you could use items in your stockpile to make dinner to bring to a family who is going through a difficult time.

Really, the possibilities for blessing others with your stockpile are practically endless. Start looking for ways to bless others with what you have on hand and you’ll likely have more than ample ideas!

2) Give of Your Time. If money is tight and your stockpile is slim, that doesn’t mean you don’t have anything to give. What about volunteering your time to help mow an elderly neighbor’s yard, or clean a new mom’s house, or watch a weary friend’s child for an afternoon?

Again, the possibilities for giving of your time are practically limitless. Think of what your strengths and gifts are and how you could use those to help and reach out to others.

3) Pass It On! Do you have items in your home you no longer need or use? Why don’t you pass them on to someone else who can use them? Of course, I’m not saying to pass along junk to people! But if you have items which still have plenty of life left in them and are in good condition but you are not using them, find a more appropriate home for them!  From clothes to books to coupons, I love to share extras with others.

“But this I say to you, he who sow sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God love a cheerful giver.”  2 Corinthians 9:6-7

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