4 tips for Loving on Nashville and the World

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Let’s be honest, the Christmas season is already up us. Holiday cheer has exploded all over stores like Target and Walmart. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. Whether you’re a firm believer that Christmas music shouldn’t start playing until after Thanksgiving or not, I have a proposal for us all. We could embrace what’s happening around us in our own way by starting to consider how we could love on our city and the world this Christmas season.

The greatest gift given to mankind came in the form of a baby.

Do you want to love on Nashville and the world this Christmas season? I want to share four ways you can pass that gift on to others in the name of Jesus this Christmas.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
— This is something we promote every year at Green Hills Church and it’s a lot of fun to do with your family, friends, or Life Group. It’s as simple as finding an old shoebox in your house, going to the Samaritan’s Purse website and following the instructions, and filling your shoebox with items for a child in need around the world! You can drop shoeboxes off in the church lobby Sunday Nov. 15 or 22!

Homeless Care Bags — This is a personal favorite of mine, and I’ve assembled homeless care bags with several Life Groups in the past. The basic idea is to have something tangible and helpful to offer to the homeless you encounter on street corners as you’re stopped at a stop-light. A care bag consists of a gallon zip-lock bag filled with basic essentials like socks, hygiene products, and durable food items. As a Life Group, you can split up the purchase of items among group members and plan on making 30-40 bags depending on how many group members and how many you want to carry with you.

People Loving Nashville — If you’re wanting to be more hands on with homeless in Nashville, this is a great ministry that cooks for and feeds the homeless every week. I’ve personally served with them, and it is a life changing experience that I highly recommend.

Nashville Giving Tree — If you’re planning on buying a real tree this Christmas Season, why not buy a tree that gives back? All proceeds raised go toward helping struggling single mothers in Nashville. They have wreaths as well!

However you choose to spend this Christmas Season, I hope we all find ways to give the love has first been given to us by Jesus.

 

 

Written by Josh Bronleewe

Josh Bronleewe is the worship and community pastor at Green Hills Church in Nashville. He is also a staff songwriter at Word Music Publishing. He and his adorable wife, Katie, a pediatric nurse, love Italy, great coffee, mountain hiking and hanging out with friends. You can follow Josh @joshbronleewe.