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53 Good Works and Kind Acts You and Your Kids Can Do This Summer

You probably didn’t wake up this morning thinking, “I can change the world,” but the fact is: you can.

In fact, we're called to help others, and Jesus’ simple command for us to “love one another,” (John 13) offers a powerful lens into the importance of good works. 


But where do we find good works in the Bible — and, on a basic level, what are good works? We'll explore these questions as well as a few Bible verses about good works as we move through this article.

But before we get there, let's explore a thought-provoking quote. In “Your Next 24 Hours,” Convoy of Hope president Hal Donaldson writes:

[Good works] have the power to change everything. Perhaps you’ve accepted the lie that one person can’t make a difference in a world where hatred seizes the headlines and anger marches through the streets...But what if every person was a relentless force for good? Overnight, a revolution of kindness would dethrone a culture of greed and self-centeredness. The world would be a different place. You have more power and influence than you think.

In the movie, “Sweet, Sweet, Summertime,” young Caleb and his friends eagerly form what they call the “Thank You Crew,” in an effort to change their town with good works. Their summer becomes unforgettable as their simple acts of kindness begin to have transformative effects.

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And good works and kind deeds are much more than the stuff of movies; they’re an accessible way to change the world, one person at a time. Donaldson wrote something else in “Your Next 24 Hours” that should really get us thinking: "One decision can change the course of your life and the lives of others too.”


It's best to look at good works in the Bible and Bible verses about good works to better understand how important it is to live out our love for others. We see this message clearly presented in James 2, where James wrote about the importance of faith and deeds. In summary, he explains that good works are evidence of a healthy Christian heart.

James 2:14-19 (NIV) reads (explore the entire chapter on Biblica):

"What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16If one of you says to them, 'Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, 'You have faith; I have deeds.' Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder."

James wasn't done there, either. In describing good works in the Bible, he noted that "faith without deeds is useless." That's a pretty strong statement! It's clear that, while good deeds don't save a person, they work together with faith to yield righteousness.


So, now that we've explored the nature of kind deeds, what are good works you and your family can engage in this summer? 

53 Good Works and Kind Deeds You Can Do This Summer:

1. Mow your neighbor’s lawn

2. Leave a sticky note with words of encouragement where a friend will find it

3. Compliment a stranger

4. Ask a friend if you can run an errand for them

5. Support businesses that donate to great causes

6. Bring cookies to a neighbor you haven’t met yet

7. Ask a stranger if they have any prayer requests

8. Bring a bouquet of flowers to the nurses at a hospital

9. Bring your dog to a senior care center (call ahead first and ask permission)

10. Listen actively (put your phone away!)

11. Keep water bottles and small amounts of cash in your car for the homeless

12. Leave an especially generous tip and a thank you note for a server that seems stressed

13. Instead of throwing away items you don’t want, donate them

14. Send a letter to a soldier or veteran

15. Tithe your time to help someone younger than you get ahead

16. Let a car merge in front of you

17. Call someone you haven’t spoken to in awhile

18. Pay for someone’s coffee

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19. Send an encouraging story via email to someone who needs a boost

20. Keep a $5 bill in your wallet or purse and give it to a kid who does a good deed

21. Visit your kids at school, stay for lunch

22. Leave genuine compliments on social media

23. Put some extra quarters in someone’s parking meter

24. Give your leftovers to a homeless person

25. Send a note to your boss when a coworker does something awesome

26. Offer to babysit for free for a couple who needs a night off

27. Smile at a stranger

28. Give someone a book you think they would love

29. Pick up litter

30. Pay someone’s library fines

31. Write a compliment on a friend’s blog

32. Hold the elevator

33. Say thanks to a janitor

34. Donate pet food to a local animal shelter

35. Give cans of food to a local food bank

36. Wash someone’s car

37. Bring an extra sack lunch to your child’s school, so a kid who forgets won’t go hungry

38. Help someone load or unload their groceries

39. Say thank you to your mail carrier

40. Return your shopping cart to the correct place

41. Let someone else take the closest parking spot (walking is good for you anyway)

42. Take care of a friend’s pet while they’re on vacation

43. Help someone move

44. Compliment young siblings that are kind to one another

45. Buy lemonade from a lemonade stand (give a little extra)

46. Share your favorite songs with a friend

47. Offer to mentor someone younger

48. Do an extra chore around the house

49. Write a recommendation letter for a friend looking for a job

50. Stack chairs after church

51. Tutor a kid


52. Volunteer at a community event 

53. Share something that made you laugh with a friend

Whether you form a “Thank You Crew” like the kids in “Sweet, Sweet, Summertime,” or simply perform some good deeds on your own, your kindness makes a difference.

We'll leave you with some powerful Bible verses about good works and loving others:

"For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" - Galatians 5:14 (NIV)

"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." - Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)

"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." - Romans 12:10 (NIV)

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching." - Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)


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