Friday, June 30, 2017
Sometimes, I get so caught up in the chaos that is my life, that I do not look for ways to serve others. I forget, for a time, that serving others is really also something that makes me feel better about myself. This week, there were a couple of friends who needed me, and I stopped what I was doing and went and served.
I have found that service is rarely convenient. It almost never comes at the right time in my life. It is usually something I have to drop everything else for and just go and do. It can be so much easier to just lay in bed and wallow in my exhaustion.
Funny thing though, when I finally get up the courage to just do it, I find myself with more energy and more love and more compassion than I started out with. I find myself wanting to help even more.
One of the things we are doing in Primary this year is teaching the children to "dare to choose the right". They are each challenged every week to dare another child to do something that is right and kind and good. Then the next week they get to tell who they dared, what they asked them to do, and whether or not they did it. They also get to put a gumball in a jar to show all the "good dares" that they have done.
They seem to get really involved in it and some of the dares are simple, but some have actually been pretty complicated. So, this week, going with that theme, I am going to dare you to serve someone else. Help to ease their heartache. Help them to bear their sorrows. You can choose what you do. It can be as simple as a phone call, or a visit. You can make a dinner or a dessert, or even a loaf of bread.
Whatever you decide to do, put a little bit of yourself into it. I promise that as we seek to serve others, our own doubts and fears and even pain becomes a little bit easier to bear.
Give it a try! I dare you!