We live in a world that is constantly on the news for being torn apart by ugly things that we do to each other. Human beings are likely the most destructive species on the planet, and while we have the capability of building beautiful things and creating love, it’s not something that is reported on enough. Choosing to be someone who influences others to have faith, love, and hope in a world filled with ugly things is a big choice. Spiritually influencing people isn’t always easy, especially when the world likes to frown upon anyone believing in something bigger than themselves, but the whole idea here is to rise above hatred and be more than you can be.
Bringing faith into your own life isn’t difficult; especially if you already worship God on your terms and attend church regularly. Bringing faith into the lives of others can be more difficult, whether you’re bringing in builders from Churches By Daniels or you are hosting weekly meetings to feed the homeless in the area. Faith isn’t something that you can force others to have, but it is something you can influence. If people see the good things around them enough, then they can be encouraged to believe in those good things. When you make a point of influencing spirituality in your neighborhood, you can meet their needs of faith and hope. The key to adding faith to your neighborhood and the lives you all have is about engagement. You have to know how to engage those you live beside and be a better neighbour to them. If faith is the end game, you have to enable people to have faith in you. So, how can you add a little faith and love to people you barely know?
- Offer to help those in need. The elderly on your street may not know about clearing their gutters and the importance of doing that, so why not offer your voluntary services to ensure they have a winter of joy rather than one where they’re paying out to fix the roof? Pick up the leaves from the yard while you’re there and watch the smile light up their faces.
- Volunteer every week for a canned food drive. Feeding those less fortunate than yourselves in times of cold weather and trouble can do so much for the soul and getting others involved can give them a reason to feel faithful.
- Plan carefully with the local church in the area to host charity auctions and Nativity shows with paid-for tickets. The children in the street can get involved, and I bet you could get the ladies together to go caroling for donations!
- Offer to plant the local flowers in the green. Get permission from the local government before making changes, but any aesthetic changes that can be made do them on your time.
You need to show people that doing something for nothing is equal to loving each other and giving each other the support that would be needed. Adding a little faith in each other can only bring you closer as a community.