John 15: 13 (NLT)- "There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."
At the heart of love is selflessness.
Put someone else’s wants or needs before your own this week.
Here are some examples:
Mow someone’s lawn for free.
Watch someone’s kids, so they can go on a date with their spouse.
Clean your house without expecting anyone to notice or appreciate it.
Rather than eating out one night, use that money to buy groceries for someone who might not have as much money as you do.
Go to a car wash and get change for a five dollar bill. Then fill up everyone’s parking meters that are about to expire.
There are a lot of options. My examples are just meant to give you a feel for the challenge. Pick something to do that stretches you.
In one of my favorite books, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis describes the way I feel about this challenge much better than I can:
“I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc, is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving away too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.”
-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
Most people read this and think about giving money. I believe it also works with time. If I have time to do all the things I want in life, plus watch entire seasons of tv shows on Netflix, maybe I’m not giving enough of my time to serve others? Just food for thought.