Every day I come in contact with people who are in the midst of troubles. I’m not complaining, it’s just part of the life I choose. Whether the issues arise from the pain in the life of a close friend or from the desperation of a stranger reaching out in hope …. I come face to face with the burdens of others nearly every day. It’s both humbling and uplifting to be in this position.
Certainly, I have stuff of my own but in the light of the struggles of others my own seem so trivial. Although I dislike comparisons, I know I am blessed. So many people I’ve come to know are doing without while I have food and clothing, transportation, a home and bed, hot showers and air conditioning. This alone makes me very rich. Add to that the love of a good, hardworking man who follows hard after God and remembers who he was before ….. And I am doubly blessed. Add to that the sobering knowledge that ALL we have comes from God, out of His undeserved love, grace, provision and mercy ….. and I am at a loss for words.
Yes, we’re blessed. I take none of it for granted. I deserve nothing yet the Lord has seen fit to bless us and allow us to serve Him. For all of this and so much more I am grateful, and because of this I want to extend to others that same love I have received. A love that expects nothing in return, that doesn’t play favorites or seek personal gain.
Service is part of who I am today, although this hasn’t always been true. Only when I finally made the choice to do things God’s way did the process begin. The process of becoming more like Christ every day. Less of me, more of Him. Little steps, one yes at a time. Changing and growing daily.
That means I had to leave behind the idea that doing for others is someone else’s job. I have to let go and allow the spirit to lead. I might have a plan for my day, but be open and willing for whatever God decides I need to do. And I need to respond to that leading with a Christ-like attitude. Serve where there is need. Look for and recognize the many opportunities He provides.
I know I can’t fix it all, I can’t save the world ….. That job is already taken. However, I can serve my church, my family and friends, my local and global community. I can facilitate and connect people. I can help with a ride, take a meal, give away a bottle of water, care for babies while their parents worship. I can honor my God with my thoughts and actions. With an open, faithful, available and teachable heart I can live like Jesus, love like Jesus and leave what Jesus left behind.
That is my job ….