God has given me a servants heart. He fills me from head to toe with joy every time I have the opportunity to serve Him. Yesterday was no exception. Wednesdays! Hump day to some, but for me, Wednesdays are my expression of Love Day. But yesterday was an extra special day at the Care Center.
Each year in the weeks leading up to Easter our Church as the Body of Christ, works together to raise awareness for the plight of the poor around the world. Celebration of Hope is an opportunity to put our hands to work in a tangible way. This year, we as a church are packing One million seed packets for families in Africa and Latin America. The seeds will provide an opportunity for family gardens to alleviate hunger in their communities. A beautiful expression of love from our family to theirs.
Yesterday, at the Care Center, I experienced another beautiful expression of love. Our guests, while waiting for services, spent the morning stamping labels on the packets for the seeds. The expressions of joy on their faces as they were able to participate in something bigger than themselves was amazing. So focused on theirs task, some even returned after they received services from the Center to stamp some more. As I had the opportunity to speak with some of the guests, they expressed what a privilege it was to serve others who were in need around the world. They had a purpose on Wednesday, to receive services at the Care Center, but they received so much more. They were part of the solution, providing hope, feeling needed, and worthy in a way many of them hadn’t felt in a long time. They experienced the love of Christ as they served others. ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20:35b) I have a feeling it’s a moment many of them won’t forget, I know it’s a day I won’t forget.
We don’t all have the ability to serve in a large capacity, but yesterday was a great example of doing something. We all have the ability to serve others, it just may look different for each of us. Maybe we need to change our perspective on what serving looks like. Serving comes in many forms: A door held open, helping load groceries in someones car, or maybe helping that overwhelmed mom next door with her children. God has given each of us gifts to be shared with and used to serve others. (1 Peter 4:10) Sometimes we need to look with fresh eyes upon our gifts and ask God how we can use them for His glory.
I loved having the opportunity to sit with some of the guests yesterday and stamp envelopes. Getting to know them and their circumstances was such a blessing for me and I saw them glorifying God with each envelope stamped. There is beauty in that!
How can you use your hands to glorify God today? Who’s day can you brighten through service?
Take a moment an listen to this song by Matthew West, we all can do something.