Last week I talked about giving of your possessions to bless others, this week I’m talking about giving of your time and talents.
So many different ideas pop into my mind for this one…from people cleaning to fixing cars, to baking bread. Sometimes I think we underestimate the power of a helping hand. Think about it in financial terms…lets say your church pays $100 a week to have their building cleaned, but you’re able to free up one afternoon a week to clean it yourself free of charge. That saves them $100 a week, $400 a month, $5200 a year!! You might not be able to spare $5200 a year to give extra to your church, but you might be able to spare the time to save them that amount.
So many people have used their talents to help us…my sister-in-law showing me how to cut Cameron’s hair has saved us hundreds of dollars. A lady that loves crafts and enjoys scrap-booking, helped my mom put together a great scrap-book for my family to use when telling others about their ministry in Paraguay. These are just 2 of the many ways others have blessed us!
Bake sales are a great way to help out too. One time our church did one to raise money for the youth to go to camp. While you may not be able to shell out $25 to help the youth, can you at least spend a few dollars making some cookies that could then sell for $25?
I couldn’t possibly name every way to help with your time and talents, but here’s a smidgen of ideas:
- Baking or cooking for someone
- Yard work
- Painting and other house maintenance
- Minor car repairs
- Just spending time with someone. People who can’t get out much especially appreciate this.
- Hair cutting
- Manicures and pedicures
- Acting as a taxi driver
- Volunteering at pregnancy centers, after school programs, soup kitchens, etc…
What are some ways you’ve been blessed by others giving you their time or talents?