Over the years, we have started doing things that have become great habits for a good number of people in our church. But whether you actually go to our church or not, we think they are good things for all of us to do. Here are our things, and if you have some "do good" things, then we would love to hear about them, too.
As you grow in your faith, you should see your compassion for others grow as well. You start wanting to help people who you used to avoid. Unfortunately, giving money doesn't always really help someone. That is why we encourage everyone to carry a be-prepared bag in their car. A be-prepared bag is just a brown paper bag containing non-perishable food items, like peanut butter crackers, an easy-to-open can of tuna, a fruit cup, a bottle of water, a bag of cookies, and anything else that you like and would like to share. It's also important to put some plastic utensils, and maybe a pair of socks. It's your bag, so make it like you want it to be. Then, when you cross paths with someone in need, you'll be prepared to help them out. If you get a chance, talk to them - they're human, you know.
If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion - how can God's love be in that person? Dear children, let's not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
1 John 3:17-18
Most servers will try to avoid you if they know you are a Christian. Why? Because most Christians have been poor tippers over the years. We're not sure how that happened, but we're on a crusade to change that. You see, we believe, as Christians, we should tip because of Who we belong to, and not on the performance of the server. That means you should tip around 20%. We like to call it unconditional tipping. Btw, while we're talking about servers, feel free to say, "we're about to pray for our meal, is there anything we can pray about for you?" You will be amazed at how often they appreciate you doing that.
Teach them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
1 Timothy 6:18