-John 12:26 (NIV)
Teaching my boys to serve others is quite possibly one of my favorite jobs as a mom. Not only does it provide me the opportunity to leave an important imprint upon them, but in turn, my boys have learned to leave one of their own-both on the community in which they live in, and the world that surrounds them.
Besides, it’s all about becoming the hands and feet of Jesus to someone (or something) who may need it the most. It’s about placing others first, thinking of their needs before our own, and exhibiting the love the Bible encourages us to exude.
But what kind of service projects can our boys partake in? What’s something they can really get involved with, enjoy, and serve others by doing?
I’m so glad you asked.
As I thought about these questions myself [and contemplated the ages of my own boys (4 and 8)], I knew I wanted to assist them in creating a project that would combine an interest of theirs, with a special cause in our community…and one that would most certainly grow near and dear to all of our hearts in the process thereof.
But it was at that point that I began struggling with ideas-as it became apparent that I needed some inspiration of sorts (an “a-ha” moment if you will). So, as I meandered down the hall, and took a look around their rooms, I began to notice one thing that stood out above the rest: my boys loved of superheroes. Spiderman, Superman, and Batman not only graced their walls, but infested their toy boxes as well.
And that’s when it clicked.
I mean who else epitomizes the definition of what a superhero really looks like than a young man who may be fighting an illness, a disease, or recovering from a surgery of some type? Sidelined “Superheroes” like these are always in need of some cheering up, not to mention feeling a tad bit of normalcy in that hospital room they’re staying in. These “Superheroes” need a “Super Kit” they can get excited about. One that will keep them busy, entertained, and lift their spirits too.
Wanna know more? Here’s a list of instructions to help guide you (and your boys) along the way:
The Superhero Kit
1.) The Group: Have your son band together with a group of friends on his baseball team, Boy Scouts pack, or even kids from his classroom in order to make and distribute these very special kits. Indeed, many hands make light work, so recruit some friends and let the service begin.
2.)The Gear: You’ll need a pillowcase (sporting your favorite superhero of course), or a nifty bag like the one found here (and pictured above) by Laura Lee Creates. Or better yet, channel that inner seamstress within (or ask a handy, dandy friend of yours) to whip up a bunch of these satchels. Make them bright, cheerful, fun, and just plain super!
3.) The Goods: As we already know, boys are very active creatures which means they need some activities to do while they’re recovering. Fill your bag with fun goodies to help keep their minds off of where they’re at (or why they’re there). Purchase a deck of cards, jacks, marbles, a whoopee cushion, silly putty, crossword puzzles, coloring books, paper airplane supplies, or an origami set. Basically anything they can do to keep their hands busy, and their minds happy. Oh, and don’t forget to throw in a cape, mask, or any other fun superhero item they can don for the remainder of their stay.
4.) The Greeting: Your boy(s) should include a note…a greeting of sorts letting their superhero know that they’re prayed for, thought of, and loved. Include a bible in their kit, or have your guy place his favorite piece of Scripture inside. Let your superhero know how much God loves him, as well as the countless number of new friends that are rooting for him.
When it comes to assembling Super Kits like these, the possibilities are endless…and they don’t have to break the bank either. By visiting the Dollar Store, you’ll be able to score some great trinkets to help fill those sacks and get your superheroes smiling once again. And by implementing a project like this in your community (and beyond), your boys will not only make a valuable contribution (and learn the importance of giving to others), but also the difference they can make in the lives of those receiving their gifts. In fact, not only will a lesson be learned by all of those involved, but more than likely, it will be passed on as well.
And Amen for that!
So, what do you think, moms? Is this a project your boys would like to get on board with or what?