Today was the annual Great Day of Service at our church.
The Saturday before Palm Sunday, our church urges all members to sign up for one of the many service projects our church regularly participates in and then we all go out into the world to be the hands and feet of Christ. Our church is founded on the idea that there are three parts to really living the call of faith – worshiping God in Sunday worship services, growing your life in small groups/Bible study/personal devotion time/etc, and also serving the world. Today was all about the third focus of our church. And I hate to admit, it is the area I need the most help in so I was eager to sign up, just like every year.
Most of the teams met in the morning for communion and a short bit of worship and praise before heading out to the various projects.
Peter and I signed up to join a small group that went to a local children’s shelter to do some landscaping and painting their building needed. We arrived at around 9 am and got to work for a few hours painting the halls, lobby, and common room.
It was very uplifting to do even such a small act to support the wonderful programs and services the building we were helping offers. I was sort of sad we didn’t get to interact with any of the children though, since they were in a different area of the shelter.
Every time we participate in one of these activities with our church it really weighs on me that I am not more involved with service projects. Sure, I try to be a light, as Jesus would say, to others through kindness and openness to anyone I come across in my regular path. I try to be supportive and available to anyone who may need me. Every month, we happily pay our tithe of 10% to the church. But I know my weakness is I don’t serve more regularly outside of my comfort zone…or more accurately, my convenience zone.
I don’t go out of my way to find a program to volunteer in or take the time to even regularly sign up for work in areas our church needs help. I do what is easy for me. Serving as a leader in our Sunday school. Volunteering in the nursery once a month during worship. Bringing meals to friends after a birth or during another struggle. Taking time to stop and pray for any prayer request that crosses my path. But sometimes I feel like I can do more in order to grow more as a follower of Christ. Knowing all that God has done for me makes me want to go out and share His love. Hopefully one day I will find the perfect fit for me to do just that, even more so than I hopefully do now. 🙂
- Do you have any activities you volunteer in or ways you contribute a service to your community and those in need?
- What do you think qualifies as a true act of service? Do you think if there is some level of personal sacrifice involved the service is more profound?
- How important do you think serving others is as part of faith? Or even as part of humanity?
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