Friday, November 26, 2010
13 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.
1 Peter 4:10
10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
I have been thinking about serving as of late. As a mother of small children it limits the ways in which I can serve to a certain degree. Right now my primary focus is on the raising of my kids and making sure their needs are met. Towing a four year old, a 7 month old, and a baby in my belly around to do service projects isn't always a viable option for me.
Despite my particular limitations there are other ways in which I can serve. I have been experiencing this deep conviction to find one or more service projects that my family and/or I can participate in.
Jesus immersed himself in the ultimate service project - people, He portrayed to us all what is most important. Loving others, serving others, helping. He served quietly and naturally.
I have come to the distinct realization that in order to teach my children what is really important is to consciously live as an example for them. I can read books to them, talk about doing nice things and discuss loving God all the time, which does play a part, but if I don't DO then they likely will not either. The "Do as I say, not as I do." never works. They are going to do the things that I do. If I live a life that revolves around myself and my wants and desires they will see that as being important too.
It is time now to start living the example that I want my children to follow. Not just for their benefit, but for God, for others, and for myself as well.
Here is a link that is titled The 7 Habits of Highly Happy People. Charity tops the list.
As we approach the Holiday season I am going to keep praying about where God wants us to serve. I'm going to talk to my husband to make sure we are unified regarding this issue and decision. I'm going to make sure it is something that my oldest son can benefit from as well.
There are lots of opportunities for service projects wherever you live. If you can't get out of the house there are things you can do via the Internet! If you can sew, knit, crochet there are places that could use your talents. If you like to cook or you have a garden you can donate your extra food.
I found this website that presents a categorical list of different ways in which you can serve. Some of the services only take 15 minutes!
There are of course other ways you can serve that are much more involved. Fostering, Habitat for Humanity, etc...
Also World Vision is an amazing site that offers child sponsorship. They also have a link to their online catalog where you have the option of purchasing a goat, chickens, providing an education or medical supplies as a one time gift.
It is something to consider and something that I believe strongly that can bless us all more than we could ever imagine.
Are there other sites that you know about that provide service opportunities? How do you think God wants to use you?