November is the perfect time to transform our gratitude to God into acts of generosity toward others. These don’t always have to be “big” acts. William Wordsworth said “the best portions” of a good person’s life are his or her “little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.”
With some support from you, the little children in your life can make a big difference in the lives of other people. Here are some ideas to encourage gratitude and service:Make serving fun.
Spend an afternoon raking up leaves for elderly neighbors or church members. Afterward, dump a bag of the leaves on your own lawn, and throw some individually wrapped candy into the pile. After children search for the candy, discuss what makes helping others feel so “sweet.”Enlist children in the Christian Secret Service (CSS).
Deploy kids for undercover operations by having them serve others covertly. For example, they can leave sidewalk-chalk messages for neighbors, deliver cards at a local nursing home, or pick up trash at their favorite park.Share your adventures in serving.
During November and December, challenge family members to perform acts of giving and kindness. Then report the activities every night during dinner or family devotions. These can range from shoveling snow and delivering cookies to leaving a close-to-the-door parking spot open at the mall or helping someone carry his or her packages.