Project Love

“Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.” – Ephesians 5:2, NLT

This past weekend our family participated in Project Partnership, our church’s annual community outreach in which we give two local elementary schools an extreme makeover. More than 850 people from James River Assembly painted, landscaped, cleaned, picked up trash, built shelves, served lunch, and did whatever else needed to be done – all with joy in their hearts and smiles on their faces.

I came home that night feeling extremely blessed. Blessed that my husband and I were able to share the experience with our two children. Blessed that I was able to meet new friends and be encouraged by their faith. Blessed to be a part of a church whose main focus is to share the gospel so that people might be saved.

God wants us to work together and be unified by his Spirit. That’s the only way we will make a difference in our communities and in our world. Everyone involved in Project Partnership could have been doing anything else on a Saturday during the summer. Instead, they were working as humble servants of the Lord, demonstrating the love of the Father in a tangible way.

My hope is that when the administration, teachers, parents, and children of Study Elementary and Schofield Elementary see the changes, they will know that someone cared enough to make their schools pretty. What’s more important, though, is that they know that Jesus loves them, died for their sins, and can give them a spiritual makeover, a true life transformation.

How can you share Christ’s love to your community? It doesn’t have to be a major event like Project Partnership. Living a life of love might be as easy as picking up a paintbrush to help a neighbor paint his fence. It all starts by reaching out to those around you. Look for practical ways to help others today. When you do, you will be the one that’s most blessed.