Snapshots of Service

Read: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13 (NIV)

Reflect: When I think of the word “service”, I see snapshots of faces in my mind; faces of people who have brought this word to life. Chief among them is my husband, who hasn’t had a drink in nearly 28 years. God used his journey to sobriety to nurture a beautiful spirit of service. It began with gratitude and a desire to give back, and has become an integral part of who he is today.

He sponsors those new to recovery. He’s gone to Mexico with our church to build houses for families in need. He cuts the grass at the transitional housing establishment that saved him from the streets, and bakes pies for their staff and residents. He’s slept overnight in cardboard shelters to raise money for the homeless. He’s organized sock drives and food drives, and he involves our children in his service work whenever possible.

My husband’s snapshot is joined by others in my mind. There’s my dad, who was defined by his constant willingness to put others before himself; a previous boss, who embodied the essence of the term “servant-leader”; my stepmom whose generosity knows no bounds; my mother who’s sacrificed so much for her family; a brother who represents the very best of the military. I see the faces of my son’s football coaches – men who selflessly shared their time and encouragement, and made a lasting impact. I see our church volunteers who lend their smiles and skills so freely.

These snapshots of service inspire me. When I see them, I see the hands and feet of God. And I want to do my part.

React: Will your face be someone’s mental snapshot when they think of what it means to be of service?

Pray: Lord, help me do my part as your hands and feet.