“None of you should look out just for your own good. Each of you should also look out for the good of others.” Philippians 2:4 (NIrV)
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of man. That is what love looks like.” St. Augustine
- Hello dear mama! Find a comfortable place to sit, and bring a drink, a pen, and your Bible. Ask the Lord to speak to you today.
- Read Philippians chapter 2, and highlight verse 4.
- Read and meditate on Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me!”
- Read Ephesians 2:1-10, and write verse 10 in your journal.
Can You Lend a Hand?
In elementary school, I wrote a story called, “The Entire City Lends a Hand!” I found this old story as I was going through a box of some special things my mom had saved for me. The title of this story has a new meaning to me as an adult. What if each of us really did “lend a hand” to help our cities? Imagine how much better the world could be if we all committed to making it a little bit better.
If you are a mom with young children, you may think you do not have the capacity for doing anything outside of your own home. And this may be true for a season. For instance, for a few months after I had each baby, I would take time off from serving because of pure exhaustion and learning our new “normal.” After I had some time to adjust, I’d get plugged into serving somewhere! Serving helps us as individuals thrive, and it also blesses the people and organizations where we serve! Whether it’s welcoming families into your church, bringing your children with you to serve the homeless in your community, or giving back by serving in the children’s ministry where your children are loved and taught each week—most of us can do something. If each person does a little, no one has to do a lot!
Did you know that research proves that serving is one of the best ways to grow spiritually? I know when I’m leading something, it challenges me to study, learn, and pray! I’m no longer sitting on the sidelines, I’m in the game and need to prepare and train.
Ask God where you can be a blessing in your city. Where can you “lend a hand?” Is there a homeless shelter that could use some food, as well as people to serve that food? Is your local church asking for volunteers?
God is so good in that He will bless you when you are a blessing to others. When you invest in others, you are laying up an eternal investment for yourself. I’m forever grateful for the men and women who invested in me. It changed the trajectory of my life, and I’m writing this today because some men and women served in my local church, welcomed me, and reminded me that God loves me and has a good plan for my life. I look forward to thanking them one day in heaven!
“What do YOU have to offer? More than you probably think. You have the gifts and talents you were born with. The passion that inspires you. The blessing of education. The skills you’ve honed as you’ve worked at home or in the marketplace. The life experiences that have matured you. The pain that has deepened you. The love that spills from God’s heart into yours.” Bill Hybels
Blessings and Love,
Questions to Ponder
- How has your life been blessed because others have served you?
- Could you create space in your life to serve others?
- Could you gather supplies to donate to a ministry that feeds the needy in your community?
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how you might be able to “lend a hand.”
Reach out to someone this week and let them know you’d like to serve. Most churches and organizations will work with your schedule as a busy mom.