In our family, doing and serving is our love language. The words we heard each day as we walked out the front door were “Act like somebody.” Our parents instilled in us that our actions speak louder than words and that serving is an every day action, not just a few times a year. Speaking your faith and living your faith are two very different things. To us, serving is one of the active ways to be a witness and spread the love of Jesus.
Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 – “just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Jesus was the ultimate example of a servant. He served strangers, outcasts, the poor and the rich, those with sickness and his twelve closest friends. He was called to serve to exemplify the love of the Father and pay the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
Today, service can take many forms and be directed towards many different people. It can be holding the door open for someone at the post office, making cookies for your neighbor just because or volunteering around your community. Many times though the hardest people to serve (and often the easiest to forget) are our loved ones. At the end of a long day, many times we feel like our family or our spouses should be the one serving us. (Just ask our husbands!) As much as we wish service comes second nature, we must intentionally pursue it each day.
For us, prayer is the place to start. Ask the Father to open your eyes and heart to opportunities that you may not normally see to serve those around you. An open heart is all the Lord needs to work through you and do immeasurably more than you could ever imagine.