Many times every day, we are faced with a choice:
To serve others, or to serve ourselves.
I want to stop myself BEFORE I make the selfish choice, and in order to do that, I need to be more aware of the choice. I also would like to point out these instances to my kids–to praise them when they make the selfless choice and to correct them when they make the self-centered choice.
So I am going to make a list, that I add to daily, of acts of service. Some may be really big and noticeable, like the one I want to share with you today. Most others will be the smaller, simpler choices that we see each day. I want to notice the little things.
Today’s act of service happened over the weekend at my dad’s retirement party. Stephanie and I watched in happiness as each of our older kids walked around serving our guests. They seriously waited tables! They threw away empty bowls and plates. They took orders for dessert, went to fill the plate, then brought it back to the table. They got drinks for others. I remember actually having to ask Miranda to stand back away from the tables because she was hovering over people waiting for them to finish. They seriously wanted to do everything they could to give Grandpa a great party!
Feel free to comment and share these acts of service that you notice each day. You might become more aware of them, and we’ll all enjoy reading them!
I was able to serve someone in our church just this week, but when my time with her was over, I felt like I had been blessed. Ever feel that way?
It really is difficult for me to write about my “act of service” because I do not want to come across as prideful. For some reason when I am posting about my family, it doesn’t seem like boasting. When I am about to write about a post about serving someone else, I feel like I’m drawing too much attention to myself. So please read this for what it was intended: to encourage you to find someone to serve. It feels great. Really!
As I previously mentioned, I love music. I went to college to learn how to teach music to others. And for a while after I was married, I taught piano/music lessons. I even taught at some ritzy Jewish Day School that cost a pretty penny for tuition, until I found out I was pregnant with my first baby. I definitely enjoyed teaching music, but I was ready to put all my energy into my home and kids. Since that time, I have played music, but have not taught it.
This week, I got the chance to spend about 40 minutes or so with someone who really wants to grow in the areas of voice and worship. I was happy just to see her learning things for the first time. Things that I take for granted, but that she had never heard. She now has some tangible things that she can take with her and put into practice. I am looking forward to seeing her grow in her talents. And not one time did that service feel like a burden or something I HAD to do. I really enjoyed it!
Have you been able to serve someone recently? I encourage you to set aside an hour this week for service to someone you know. Then come back here and tell us about it!