Sometimes it seems like the world is a chaotic and contentious place. You’re only one person, and you wonder what you could do to make things better. But then, as a Christian you recall that Christianity brings a message of hope and love. There are ways you can practice that message in your everyday life.
One way is to reach out to people who are different from you. People have many kinds of upbringings, cultures and experiences. But God gave all of us the world to share. Jesus said in the Second Great Commandment, “Love they neighbor as thyself,” and also preached in the Sermon on the Mount, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” He also told us, “Love one another, as I have loved you.”
St. Paul wrote, “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy. Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth” wikipedia.org. So you can practice your Christian faith in everyday life by trying to understand others and treating everyone you meet with decency and respect. This is what Jesus and the first Apostles taught.
Another way to practice Christian faith is to help others. Remember the story of the Good Samaritan, who stopped to help the injured Jewish man. There are lots of ways to volunteer and make the world better for unfortunate people. You can work at a soup kitchen or food pantry, tutor children, volunteer at a hospital or nursing home or help build homes for the poor. You can also work for a better environment by planting trees, recycling or helping clean up blighted areas. For example, the National Park Service is looking for people to do projects in the national parks.
Often in the news, there are stories of disasters and people who have lost everything. Sometimes there’s an address where you can send donations or even a way to travel to the scene and help out. If it’s possible, that’s something you can do, and if not, possibly you can spare a little money for a donation. Actions speak louder than words. Jesus not only preached, he healed the sick, lame and blind and set an example for us.
And finally, a third thing you can do is pray. It seems simple, but the Christian faith teaches that God is listening and prayers do get answered. St Paul says, “Pray without ceasing.” You can pray for others who are poor, sick and unfortunate any time, and when you’re kind and do good, you make your life a prayer. Reaching out to God is a great comfort as well, and may even make current news seem not so grim.