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It was a warm summer day and there I sat with my husband all alone in an emergency room. He had yet another episode that ultimately landed him in the husband feeling like he was having a heart attack. All that kept running through my head was “God please don’t take him from me. Logan and I need him.” You see I am not ashamed to admit that second to God my world revolves around my husband. He has always been the one person in my life that I could and can always count on no matter what. I was young at the time and we had only our oldest son. I had no clue what I would do without him and I was still very young in Christ. As I sat there in the waiting room while he was having tests run I cried out to God to not only save my husband but to please not to leave me alone. It was in that moment I lifted my head and a young couple I had briefly talked to at Church came in and sat beside me. Apparently they had heard news of what had transpired that day and had decided to come sit with me. Out of a Church of 500 people these two were the only ones who visited. Little did they know they were an answer to a pray uttered by a desperate woman. During their visit they prayed with me, offered me comfort and even offered to take care of my wild toddler. I was able to fill God’s presences through that young couples actions. It is a feeling that I have felt many times since then and it is one that I will forever be grateful for.
Do others who I don’t even know sense the love of God through my actions towards them?
Do I care enough for others?
Am I in fact doing enough?
Have I served not out of convenience but out of love?
This is actual questions I ask myself almost every night. Not because I want to be recognized for my actions towards others but because I want to make an impact for others. I want to be a good servant to God and I want those I serve to know that they are loved by a God who is far greater than I will ever be. Since Jesus came to serve others, isn’t it only fitting that I, in turn, do the same?
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40
Jesus reminded us this week during our reading in Matthew the importance of serving others. When we step out of our element and extend ourselves to others we are actually serving Him. Let that soak in….
To many times we get caught up in our own troubles that we forget that there are in fact others around us who’s problems are a bit worse then our own.
We become so overwhelmed with the daily must dos that we don’t extend ourselves to others because it we did that would just mean that we would have to add something else to our already full to do list.
We assume that others will help an individual so therefore there is no need for us to offer as well.
This typically means that no one helps the individual because well everyone is to busy assuming someone else will help them.
We decide not to help because after all why should we help them? They never attempt to help us out and frankly shouldn’t we only extend ourselves to those that are willing to help us as well?
The fact still reminds that when we help others and extend ourselves to those in need we are being the hands and feet of God. We are being a living testament of Christ. We are not only serving that person but we are also serving Jesus. I don’t know about you but when I think of it that way it makes me a bit more excited to extend myself to others.
Easter is this weekend. We will all dress in our best and head out the door to Church. While we are there we will be reminded of the ultimate sacrifice. We will be reminded of the fact that the King of Kings came here to serve us, to remind us that we are loved and to provide us with a chance for everlasting life. Something I know that I fully do not deserve and yet Jesus gave it to me freely. The only thing that is asked is that we love God with all our hearts and that we love others like we love ourselves. We must tend to His sheep.
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. John 21:17
Will you join me as I strive to serve others the way that I long to serve Jesus?
Happy Easter from our family to yours!!!
Until Next Time Just Keep Soaring 4 Him,
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