We don’t have to do something big to change the world.
You’ve got to believe it.
And you must teach it to your kids.
The other day I got an email from someone on the launch team for my new book, Raising World Changers in a Changing World. She told me she and her family recently moved to Texas from California. She was emailing to tell me that she discovered her daughter was in my son’s musical theater class.
She said that after the first class her daughter got in the car with tears in her eyes and said, “Being the new kid is so hard.”
The next week, she got in the car smiling. She told her mom about a kid who was really nice to her, told her she did great on her audition and made her feel less alone.
That kid was my son.
The day before I’d returned with my daughter from another life-changing trip to Kenya and not for a second did I consider my teen daughter more of a world changer than my son. I am proud of both of them, equally.
World changers don’t do big things to change the world. They do small things every day that change somebody’s day.
Just ask the new girl.
Here are 100 small things you can do with your family to make an impact on someone else’s world:
- Babysit for a single mom
- Write a Family Mission Statement
- Bake cookies for your local fire dept.
- Pick up trash at local park as a family field trip
- Create snack packs for Ronald McDonald residents
- Welcome a new family to the neighborhood with a dessert and introduction
- Pray for the poor of the world
- Encourage your kids to seek out the new kids and those who seem lonely
- Color a Smile-print coloring page to be given to lift someone in need up
- Make a baby care kit for a baby in need
- Take time each week to unplug as a family
- Read Raising World Changer In A Changing World
- Appreciate your church staff in some small, tangible way
- Do yard work for an elderly neighbor
- Read You Were Made to Make A Difference as a family
- Volunteer at the hospital (older kids/teens are often allowed also)
- Invite someone to sit at the empty spot at your dinner table
- Save loose change in a jar and give to a needy family at Christmas
- Take a family volunteering vacation
- Stop and say thank you to grocery clerks, waitresses. Ask them how they are doing.
- Become a monthly sponsor to help pregnant girls in Kenya
- Make a birthday cake for an underpriviledged child
- Serve at home: make each other’s beds, clean up someone else’s mess
- Write thank you notes to people who serve you: postman, yard guy, doctor, etc
- Sponsor a child monthly (cannot recommend enough)
- Cook recipes from other countries and teach your kids about different cultures
- Take a walk around the block and meet a new family
- Make relief kits for disaster victims
- Pick up and drop off your kids’ friends to church
- Volunteer at a non-profit like Mercy House
- Make up some Hygiene Bags to pass out to local homeless people
- Put a monthly date on the calendar for a family service nightht
- Take a meal to a new family
- Create a card for Habitat for Humanity new home owner
- Encourage your older children to be a Mother’s Helper to a mom with young kids
- Make birthday cards and deliver them to a local nursing home monthly
- Join Fair Trade Friday.
- Take your kids to a local Food Pantry with canned goods to donate
- Deliver food for Meals on Wheels
- Pray as a family on a regular basis for the people in your life.
- Donate your hair to Locks of Love.
- Give blood. (Take your kids with you and explain the importance).
- Buy a mosquito net and help prevent malaria
- Randomly celebrate each other with a special treat, meal, time
- Donate school supplies to a classroom in need
- Compliment and thank the teachers in your life
- Hide notes of encouragement around your house
- Buy a soccer ball for a child in poverty
- Give a used bike to a homeless person
- Donate coloring books/crayons to hospital emergency room
- Give clothes to a family in need (call your church/school to find one)
- Read to a special needs child
- Only drink water for 2 weeks, give proceeds for clean water
- Buy a goat for a family in extreme poverty
- Give a donation in someone’s name to an organization you believe in
- Eat rice and beans once a week and show your kids how the world eats
- Become Certified Respite Caregivers to give Foster Family’s a babysitting
- Decorate a Christmas tree at an elderly person’s house
- Hold a collection drive: makeup, lotions, etc for women at a shelter
- Find a Food Bank near you to volunteer
- Deliver popcicles to children at a homeless shelter
- Offer your pet for therapy to the elderly
- Decorate nursing home rooms of residents with homemade art
- Have regular “family nights” with games, ice cream, time together
- Visit the NICU with treats for the doctors and anxious parents
- Write to unsponsored children
- Read to patients at a local hospital
- Plan a family missions trip
- Bake cookies, host a bake sale and donate money to the poor or a cause
- Volunteer at a local animal shelter
- Plant a garden and share the produce
- Say thank you
- Write letters to servicemen
- Give a micro loan and change a family in a third world country
- Make care packages for children in the hospital
- Instead of a birthday gifts, ask for donations for a charity or food for a food pantry
- Shop fair trade
- Offer to decorate hospital hallways during the holidays
- Ask your city about volunteering to remove graffiti
- Send a care package to our military
- Read the Bible together as a family every day
- Let kids choose a charity to donate to for one of their Christmas gifts
- Become a foster family
- Pay for someone’s drink in Starbuck’s drive-thru. Make sure your kids enjoy the act of kindness.
- Help your kids starts a neighborhood or school Bible Study with their peers
- Volunteer to plant flowers for your school/church flowerbeds
- Complain less
- Be kind
- Let your light shine!
- Look for opportunities to be the difference in someone’s life
- Pay the toll for the car behind you
- Give Earring or Bracelet of the Month to a friend (it provides a job for a woman in poverty)
- Take someone flowers from your garden
- Make a list of random acts of kindness
- Serve your family in an unexpected way
- Put an atlas at your dinner table and pray for countries
- Share a meal, a seat or a room in your house with someone in need
- Write thank you notes to everyone in your house
- Tape scriptures and words of life on the mirrors
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