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By: Kristen Sigmon and Rachelle Rea

“No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” ~ 1 John 4:12


We come to know God through the love of others. Others come to know God through our love.


When you think of changing the world, what comes to mind?


We know that the two greatest commandments are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love others as we love ourselves.


Love.


Such a simple word and yet living it out sometimes seems so hard. Why? Because we’ve made it a complex thing. Really though, love is simply showing concern for the well-being of another person.


Love (noun): unselfish loyal and benevolent (or kind) concern for others


Changing the world sounds like a huge impossible feat But it can be done! Even the smallest gesture of love can impact someone in a major way and turn their life around. Think of the message the preacher gave that God used to bring Rev. Billy Graham to Christ. Think of all the thousands and thousands of people God has brought to Himself through Billy Graham!


Here are a few easy steps you can take to start carrying out God's command to love:

  • Decide to be a difference maker. Make the choice to impact someone’s life.
  • Answer these questions:
    ~Who do you already know that you can impact? What does he/she need?
    ~What abilities and gifts has God given you?
    ~Put ‘em together. How can you use what God’s given you to impact this person?
  • Do one thing to share God’s love. Don’t overwhelm yourself thinking you have to be that person’s savior. That’s what Jesus is for. :) Just meet a need that he/she has.

[By the way, here's a hint: It's a good idea to ask God who HE would like you to share His love with today. Chances are He's got someone specific in mind that you may not have thought about, maybe even someone you wouldn't think needs to see His love. Trust your gut instinct. God knows what each person needs, and He will tell you who and what if you ask Him.]

Here are some practical ideas on what you can do:

  • Be available for them.
  • Help them see their situation from a different perspective.
  • Do a random act of kindness for them…even anonymously
  • Put an encouraging Bible verse on their Facebook page (or send them a text or email)
  • Give them a gift. Put a note on it that says, “God loves you and I do too!”

"Knowing you love them is encouraging, but knowing God loves them is life changing." ~Shannon Primicerio

  • Make them laugh when they’re down.
  • Be a good listener and let them vent.
  • Refuse to judge them.
  • Read a quote, magazine or passage in a book that makes you think about them? Type it up and give it to them.
  • Pray with them. And definitely pray for them.

"Prayer is the greatest act of kindness." ~Unknown

  • Fight for them. Show them you've got their back.

  • Give sacrificially (maybe even in a way that they’ll know you made a sacrifice for them)

Have more ideas? Leave a comment & share with us. :o)


CHALLENGE: We're challenging everyone to DO ONE THING. Do one thing to share God’s love, and when you’ve done it, email us to let us know about it! RadRevolution@proverbs31.org.


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8 Comments:

Anonymous Helpless. and Hopless said...

Okay, so I need help. I really want to start some kind of Bible study with already "churched" kids in my area. [cuz the unchurched already have stuff that's been dulled down for unbelievers. but I want to go deeper and since there's no group already it looks like I should start one] So can you help me? I don't know where to start...and another point of this group-thing would be to build relationship with others who are stronger and readier in faith...but I don't know how to advertise that with out saying to some: no, you don't qualify. I've been on the other end of that and it well, sucks. so can you offer any advice?

Anonymous Kristen@RadicalRevolution said...

Hi! That’s awesome that God has given you a desire for this Bible study!! I’m excited to see what He’s gonna do!

Here are some steps that may be helpful (this is a lot of stuff but hang with me):

1.PRAY and ask God what His vision is for the group (including who He wants in the group)
2.ASK a handful of your churched friends to be in the group with you (or if you don’t know anyone, maybe some of the adults in your life know someone who’d be interested)
3.DECIDE the specifics of the group:
*WHO’s going to lead the group? Will you have an adult advisor? Who might be interested in the group? All girls or a mixed group?
*WHAT will the group be studying? What will the structure of your meetings look like?
*WHEN will you meet?
*WHERE will you meet? A church? Your house? A park?
*WHY? What’s the purpose of your group? What are your goals for the group?
*HOW will you make it happen (what will you need)? Support from others, advertisements, Bible study books, other supplies, etc.
4.ADVERTISE the group in different locations – your church, your neighborhood, other churches in the area.
5.ENLIST the help (and prayers!) of others as much as possible.

With reference to advertising:
In all things we do, we need to remember LOVE is our highest priority. Ask yourself if turning someone away from the group b/c they don’t seem mature enough in their faith would be something Jesus would do. My sense is that Jesus would welcome that person with open arms. As you invite people to the group, pray that God would send the people He wants in the group. If He sends you someone who’s newer in their faith, trust that there’s a reason God has brought that person. Maybe they’re ready to dig deeper. Only God truly knows a person’s heart and what they truly need or are ready for. So trust Him. :)

One final note of encouragement:
Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of HOPE fill you with all JOY and PEACE as you trust in Him, so that you may OVERFLOW with hope by the POWER of the Holy Spirit.” I'm praying that God restores to you an overflowing hope (as well as joy and peace) and gives you a clear vision of what He wants you to do. I’m also praying that His power will flow through you and He’d do greater things through you and this group than you could ever imagine! :)

If you’d like to talk more about this, you can email me at Kristen@proverbs31.org.

Believing all things for you,
Kristen

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I did one thing!

Anonymous Kristen@RadicalRevolution said...

Cool! What did you do?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey,just wanted to let you know that I took your suggestion and it felt REALLY GREAT..!! I know a girl that is in school with me...She didn't have money for school clothes..So I went though my closet and gave her two big sacks full of clothes that were too small for me...She was THRILLED..!! It helped us both,,.,.I got some much needed room in my closet and she got some new clothes...THANKS so much for the suggestion...I'm gonna pray and GOD who to help next....LOVE your Facebook page...KEEP up the GREAT work...Jody

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prayed for my friend...
gave my co-worker a piece of candy with a note saying "I love you and so does God!"
wrote a Bible verse on my friend's FB page...
and made a sacrifice for my brother.

Anonymous Kristen@RadicalRevolution said...

Wow ladies! Way to go!! :)I love the saying, "You can't out-give God." It's so true. We are so blessed when we give generously to others.

Hope you have a blessed day!!

Blogger Rachelle (Rose) said...

Helpless and Hopeless,

Oh, dear, I know exactly how you feel. I am struggling with a similar dilemma myself. I feel so beyond my peers (as far as spiritual growth) in the current Sunday school class that I am in. It is time for me to make the decision to join another group in hopes of finding some fellowship and Bible study that is more suited to my needs. So I can completely understand your situation! Something that has helped me tremendously through it all is to JUST PRAY. Pray for my current class. Pray for my future class. Pray that I might be courageous. Pray that the Lord would hold me as I venture out like this.
I know it's not hard being the more mature girl, but always remember that others are looking up to you. It may not seem like any good is coming from hanging around those who are young in the faith, but they are looking to you as an example (1 Tim. 4:12).
Hang in there! Just pray! And always, always, always, remember God loves you and has a plan even in this.
Thanks for listening and if you would like to talk more, my email address is biblioprincess15@yahoo.com. Also my blog address is rosesdaringadventure.blogspot.com.
Love,
Rachelle (Rose)

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