4 WAYS TO REDEEM THE COLD by Pastor Eddie Leon
As the temperature drops in our city, the most natural response for some is to complain about the cold and wish they lived in a warmer climate. To a certain degree, I completely understand. When I think of fun activities, shoveling snow, fighting for parking, waking up extra early to warm up vehicles, and dealing with extra traffic don’t necessarily qualify. Throw in a faulty furnace or your water heater going out and that’s enough for anyone to run out of patience. However, as a believer we should redeem what’s happening around us and seek to use it for our Father’s glory.
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
HERE ARE 4 WAYS TO REDEEM THE COLD:
1. CHECK ON YOUR NEIGHBORS
A friendly knock on the door isn’t as awkward during weather emergencies, and a warm smile is refreshing on cold days. Simply inform them that you’re just checking on them and making sure they’re warm and fed. Offer to help if any needs arise.
2. SHOVEL YOUR NEIGHBOR’S SIDEWALK
This small act of kindness can go a long way. Something is communicated to the people in our community when our shovel stops at the edge of our property. We rarely have the opportunity to know the needs of the people we live near, so take advantage of how obvious their need is.
3. ASSIST PEOPLE WITH THEIR VEHICLES
If you see someone struggling to get out of a parking space… HELP THEM! We’ve all been there and we know the frustration that arises during these moments. Be encouraging and let them know that they will be on their way in no time.
4. MAKE MEMORIES WITH YOUR FAMILY
Your family needs you too. Make memories on days like this and use them to serve your wife and children. I recommend having a creative Bible study and joyfully praying for them. Go the extra mile by renting a movie, and have a great meal. You can end the night by making snow angels outside together!