So have you ever wanted ”“ I mean really, really, wanted ”“ to go scrub someone else’s toilets? Has it ever been the purest desire of your heart to do someone else’s dishes?
I suppose there are some of you out there that are WAY better than me, and will always answer yes to those questions. I, however, am mostly a loser. When I think about serving others, sometimes I just cringe all up inside.
I am sooo busy! I’m a lousy cook! I don’t even have clean dishes at my house!
I don’t always feel that way ”“ you know how it is. Sometimes I really get excited about making someone dinner. But, sadly enough, sometimes I just don’t want to. The truth of it is, though, I do it anyway. And although I wouldn’t call it grudgingly, I know it definitely isn’t always with the “willing spirit” I should have.
There are a couple of articles in our current issue of Segullah that talk about serving with that willing spirit. Courtney Kendrick’s article, For the Welfare of your Soul, was one such of those articles.
Let’s talk about this.
How do we develop a better sense of willingness, for lack of a better word, to serve those around us?
And (more importantly, in my mind), how do we find ways to meet people’s needs? I just don’t believe that a hot meal or clean toilet can be a salve for all wounds. The kind of serving I would much rather do is the kind of helping hand that meets someone’s needs on a whole-person kind of scale. Maybe this is a naÃ¯ve, I-can-save-the-world, kind of mentality, but I would rather meet needs at a different level. Isn’t there a way?
And lastly, the blessings the Lord gives us, just like in Courtney’s writing, come even when we aren’t fully prepared to receive them. How do we find the Lord’s blessings through our own serving, even when given in haste or uncertainty?