It may be more common to see YouTube clips of teenagers being silly, engaged in shallow pursuits, or pranking somebody, but that isn’t always the case! Let’s take a look at what’s happening in one community in Houston, Texas.
Watch the following video with your class and then discuss the questions that follow [4:02]:
“Houston Police Officer Inspires Teens to Give Back”
- Does this organization remind you of any local outreach efforts in your own hometown? What can local organizations sometimes do better than national organizations? (Answers will vary. Local groups can target a community’s needs with more precision. It’s easier for a local leader to recruit volunteers, train its workforce, and affect change in a community.)
- Have you ever volunteered before? What motivated you to sacrifice your time? (Students will share from experiences. Some students might admit they were gaining volunteer hours for a personal award, college application, or other reasons besides just wanting to participate in “good deeds.”)
- Someone doesn’t have to believe in God to do nice things for people, but why do you think so many outreach programs are faith-based? (A deep love for Jesus prompts a deep love for other people. Christians “bear fruit” by showing kindness and compassion.)
Let’s face it: Serving others is hard, otherwise everyone would be doing it. But we have something more than just a desire to be nice. We have the Holy Spirit within us, nudging us to make a difference in someone’s life. When God gets the glory instead of us, we know we are following in Jesus’ footsteps.