Do any of you ever struggle with wondering if you are doing "enough" to serve others?
I really think most of us who struggle with that question are just underestimating what we’re doing to serve since it doesn’t have an official title. God tells us in 1 Cor 12 that all parts of the body are important and that God has arranged each part of the body right where He wants it to be.
In fact, I’ve heard a lot of buzz about Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris and am looking forward to reading it. One of the reviews listed the 5 Hard Things that they challenge people (specifically teens) to do.
1. Things that are outside your comfort zone.
2. Things that go beyond what is expected or required.
3. Things that are too big to accomplish alone.
4. Things that don’t earn an immediate payoff.
5. Things that challenge the cultural norm.
And I guess the big thing I’m still learning is not to discount the importance of ministering to the people God placed in the bedrooms down the hall or at my local homeschool group or at the park or the store.
I figure that woman was just out running errands that day, yet she was available and God used her to bless Shanon in a very realistic way and now her story is encouraging many others. How many times do we have opportunities like that?
Maybe for you it might just be passing along some clothes or homeschool books to another family. Maybe, it’s inviting another family over for dinner or just taking the time to talk. Maybe it’s encouraging your husband when he’s had a bad day at work or praying for a friend going through a rough time.
Who knows? I think it’s all just a part of living the Spirit-filled life. And while some of those tasks might not "sound" as important as teaching a Sunday School class (or whatever), just remember that the Lord tells us in Colossians 3:23, "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,"
A few years ago, I really enjoyed reading The Mitford Series with its quirky characters who were just walking out their faith daily. Father Tim would pray each day, "Father, make me a blessing to someone today, through Christ our Lord."
May we all live that out daily – whether it’s in offering a cold water bottle to someone having a rough day or helping your child learn to ride his bike. Let’s just be a blessing to someone.