Last night, our family headed out to "Sneak Attack" some of our friends. We do this periodically and want our kids to grow up considering others better than themselves.
Here's how "Rizo Sneak Attack" works. First, we dress up all in black as to not be seen by our "victims". Our missions are always done in the evenings.
Then, we write up a few quick signs to display on the front doors. You can make your signs as beautiful as you'd like. We, however, chose the handwritten method.
Next, we load up the car with all our eggs, tape, & signs. And while we're doing that, our kids escape and try running down the street.
Once we are all in the car and close to our destination, my husband puts in the Mission Impossible's theme song. This gets the adrenaline pumping.
Since the youngest three are ages 4, 3, & 1, they usually stay in the van with me. Josiah and Sergio complete each mission by depositing the "goods", ringing the doorbells, & sprinting to the van which is parked at the corner.
There is much laughter & joy after each mission is completed. Our kids think it is the best and we are blessed by our time together.
Here's a few ways that you can "Sneak Attack" your friends and neighbors:
1. It all begins with relationships. Meet your neighbors and hear their stories. Who are they? What do they like? Go deeper in your friendship and discuss struggles, needs, and ways that you can pray for them.
2. Listen carefully. There is always someone fighting a hard battle. Once you overhear of a need, that's your cue to "bless" them. Let's start taking care of one another! If your friend is struggling to buy food, go to the store and pick up some items for them. If your neighbor is in financial need, you can tape an envelope to their door with a little bit of extra cash. It doesn't have to be much to bless, encourage, and love on those around you.
3. Plan out your own special mission with your kids. Get them involved and allow them to own it. Play together. Laugh together. They will grow up with these memories and you'll be deeply blessed with them, too.
If you "Sneak Attack" your friends, family, or neighbors, I'd love to hear about it! Send me your stories!
"Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,
“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech.
He must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him."
I Peter 3:8-21
To all those in our lives, beware! We may be coming after you next! No one is safe!