Monday, November 11, 2013

Called to Serve

There is something about serving others that I find rewarding.  I believe it is a true testament to one's own sense of self that allows the free-flow of service to another.  There is discipline and humility in yielding one's own ideas, desires, or status to the cause and comfort of another human being.  The older I get the less tolerance I have for those who always pushing their own agenda, looking past obvious opportunities to serve, and vying for the spotlight every single time they can grab it.  Me, me, me people really get under my skin.  But rather than getting angry or banishing these kinds of people from my life, I choose to serve and try to set an example.  This is not an easy choice, it is a battle between my natural and spiritual self.  But I thank God I am growing.  I used to think these kinds of people would change as they got older and hopefully wiser but, I find that I am the one that must keep my resolve to serve, prefer others, and be prepared for God to do His work because the "me people" are plentiful in this world. 

This year I have had a continual phrase ringing through each time I've spoken to a core group of women I serve with and that is: you must find the joy in serving.  You have to seek it, nurture it, let it firmly take root in your soul.  There will not always be immediate rewards, the program may not turn turn out exactly as you though it would, you will not always get a pat on the back.  But none of those things are what serving is all about.  Finding the joy in serving releases you from the potential for being shattered by the disappointments that will surely come.  Finding the joy in service allows peace to flow.  Finding the joy in service keeps the main thing the main thing: that God will do whatever He is trying to do (in your marriage, ministry, or workplace). 

Veteran's Day again elicited the idea of service for me.  I joined the military for the chance to experience a better life than I though could otherwise.  But while in the Service, I began to understand discipline, honor, courage, loyalty, and service.  These are values that only became enhanced once I became a believer.  The idea of being part of a platoon, company, or battalion and how my little part benefited the larger operation made the concept of serving the body of Christ second nature to me.  Serving those in leadership with the full capacity of my god-given ability is who I am.  And just like the military where you move up the ranks once you've proven yourself, God has a unique moment for each of His children, but the proof in your service.  Let us remember Mark 10:45 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. As well as, 1 Peter 4:10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.