Friday, September 18, 2015

find your purpose by serving

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

Most of you know my heart.  I believe that God has given us gifts, talents and resources for one reason.  That reason is we are to serve others.  We serve through the church.  We serve our families and our neighbors and others.  We must serve.

I was reading a eBook called “What Happens When You Serve”, and here is a portion that stuck out to me that I wanted to share with you:

You meet people’s needs. There are few things in life as cool as truly helping people and making a difference. If you’re not sure what you’re good at—or there aren’t open positions
in your passion area—then there’s another road sign from God that you can always follow: serve where there’s a need. Because the need is huge. In an emergency room crisis, doctors and nurses can’t always afford to stick to their preferred fields. They simply pitch it wherever help is needed.

Sometimes, that’s the approach we must take with serving. We simply look for the nearest fire, grab a bucket of water, and go. Communities are full of people in need, and churches are full of departments that desperately need volunteers. It may not always be possible to ask questions like: Am I passionate about this, does this fit within my gift set? And Sometimes the only question you need to ask is: When do I start?

The great thing about looking for needs is when you look for them you begin to see them. You may be thinking, that sounds miserable—being aware of, burdened, and drained by people’s problems. But it doesn’t work that way. Becoming aware of others’ needs moves the weight of your focus off of yourself, resulting in a broader perspective and heightened sense of contentment. Realizing the struggles of others will hurt at times, but it’s much better than the alternative—a world-view so narrow that you can’t see past your own problems.

Through serving, You Become Who You’re meant to Be.

I believe that with all my heart.  If you want to know what God built you to do, serve others, and you will find who you were made to be.  If you want to know your life purpose, serve others and watch what God does.

Serving others opens opportunities for blessings, changed lives, fun, real connection and shared life.  I am praying for those things to flow through my life even more, and I pray that I will be and our church will be even more of a catalyst to help people begin to serve others.

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.

I am praying for:

Pray for Jordan Higgins, son of my friends Laura and John, as he has surgery this morning.  Please pray for an unspoken prayer need.  My mom is still in the hospital and slowly improving.  Thank you for continuing to pray for her. Kathy Wilson’s sister in law, Karen Shelton, funeral is this weekend, and they appreciate your prayers. Pray for Karen Orr as she heals from a health problem.  Pray for the BHS marching band as we travel to a competition today and tomorrow.

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