Posts Tagged ‘Serve’

Dear World,

Thank you for being so nice, sweet and good to me. But please, don’t do any more nice things this month. See, I have a list of 103 thank you cards I need to write, so I simply can’t keep up with anyone else being nice, volunteering, donating money, and just generally doing things to make me so thankful.

thankfulActually, you can still be nice and kind, just be so nice that if your thank you note comes very late…or even not at all…you’ll still be gracious to me. =)

In fact, I’m hoping to provide Christmas presents to up to 400 people who wouldn’t be getting them this year because they are incarcerated. If you’d like to join, please do! You can mail me a check made out to “Calvary Church” with “Prison Ministry” in the memo line to me at 201 Harvest Fields Dr, Boalsburg PA 16827 or give online here and put “Prison Ministry” in the line for who you are supporting. Every bit of your tax deductible gift will go towards buying presents for those incarcerated in the Centre County Correctional Facility. Just $40 would cover the cost of Christmas for one inmate.

So I guess I changed my mind. Don’t stop being nice. Just maybe share your niceness to someone else so they can write you a thank you card. =)

I’m so thankful.
Thankful to have so many reasons to give thanks.
Thankful for Jesus’ redeeming love.
Thankful to know that there are so many people on my team.
Thankful to watch people serve the homeless,
provide for the incarcerated,
and host community movie nights.
Thankful for you.

This week I have been really thinking about what I do for a living. I love people. I serve people. I give rides, help clean, supply food, hang out, fight for, coordinate events, and pray for people. When working in outreach I think it can sometimes get overwhelming as my job isn’t 9-5. Sometimes I work those hours, other times I have meetings at night, have to give someone a ride in the middle of my office hours, host movie nights, make phone calls from a homeless shelter. Sometimes it’s hard to tell when I’m “on duty” and when I’m “off duty”. 

As I was pondering this a thought it hit me, should I ever be off duty from outreach? From loving and serving those around me? Who am I reaching out to? I have ‘clients’ I guess you could say who call me when they need help. I have homeless friends I find on the street and invite down to the shelter for a meal. I have elderly I call and chat with so they know they are not alone in the world. I have people in jail who I write letters to. But that’s not all I have.

I have a family I live with (and one that I don’t) and love them with all of my heart and I want to love and serve them well too. I should not be ‘off duty’ when I come home. I have friends who need to be heard just as much as those elderly I call. My coworkers have many things they are a part of that I believe in and want to excel. My international friends are not behind bars, but would probably love mail almost as much a my friends in jail. When I read the verses below I just don’t see them being sectioned off to one group of people. It’s a lifestyle…

“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.” – Ephesians 6:7

“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:13

“…do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” – Galatians 5:13 NIV

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”                 – Mark 10:45

“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:10

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 4:4 

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” – 1 Peter 4:10 

So I guess if I were to challenge myself or you I would say this, live every moment the best you can. Make the most of the opportunities put in front of you. Love well – if you’re at work, at home, or at the grocery store. The people around you notice. Share Jesus love through your words, your smile, a hug, a listening ear, your strong muscles moving boxes, sharing a meal, cleaning….just share Jesus.