By Dr. Eric Scalise
• Look for the teachable moments as parents and point out the times and ways there is/can be/should be an appropriate focus on the needs of others. There are real life examples all around us in almost every setting and via multiple media outlets.
• Go to a homeless shelter or downtown food kitchen and serve a meal at Thanksgiving or Christmas, or even other times during the year. Take your family. Take your friends. Take your coworkers.
• Next time you are planning to donate your tired and worn items to a charity (think old clothes), why not go to the store and buy something new to giveaway instead.
• Reach out to neighbors who may be in the middle of a crisis and would be blessed by a little practical love… cleaning their houses, mowing their lawns, making them a meal.
• Visit a nursing home or VA center; sit awhile and listen to the stories.
• Be a big brother or big sister to a fatherless child or when a parent is deployed with the military.
• Take the “One Anothers” found in the New Testament and personalize them as a servant in your marriage, with your children, your neighbors, or those you work and minister with (such as love one another, be devoted to one another, give preference to one another, build up one another, accept one another, be kind to one another, comfort one another, etc.).
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Eric Scalise, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, is the President of LIV Enterprises & Consulting, LLC and CEO for the Alignment Association, LLC. He is the former Vice President of the 50,000-member American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), as well as the former Department Chair for Counseling Programs at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. He is an adjunct professor and the Senior Editor for both AACC and the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation. Dr. Scalise is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with 36 years of clinical and professional experience in the mental health field. Specialty areas include professional and pastoral stress and burnout, compassion fatigue, mood disorders, marriage and family issues, combat trauma and PTSD, addictions and recovery, crisis response, grief and loss, leadership development, life coaching, and lay counselor training. He is a published author with Zondervan, Baker Books, and Harvest House, is a national and international conference speaker, and frequently works with organizations, clinicians, ministry leaders, and churches on a variety of issues. Dr. Scalise and his wife, Donna, have been married for 36 years, have twin sons who are combat veterans serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and three grandchildren.
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