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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Monthly Challenge - October 2016
This month's challenge is again reaching out to others, but in a little different way than usual.
Write a letter to a child or young person.
Offer to babysit someone's children so that they can have a date night or make a shopping trip without their kids in tow.
Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Sometimes we overlook the obvious. Mothers with children at home may not think about other people's kids as being in need of their ministry. Women whose children have left home, or who never had any children, may not think about reaching out to kids in this way. For this reason, I recommend that the children chosen to receive letters not be your own kids - unless they are far from home for some reason and you don't usually write to them by snail mail anyway. Grandchildren, nieces and nephews, etc. are fine. :-) Moms, you may want to include your own children in writing letters to other kids. This would double the blessing.
I am guessing that there are a lot of children and young people in this world now who have never received a snail mail letter in their lives. This is something that we can help change. :-)
The second part is probably self-evident. There are moms (and dads) who could benefit from a chance to go out as a couple, or alone as the case may be. Offering, instead of waiting to be asked, makes it easier for them. And, please don't expect to be paid for this. The idea is to render a service free of charge. Some parents can't even afford a babysitter anyway.
I hope this will be a blessing and help to someone. ...remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35