“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to His own interests but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4 (ESV)
Often, as moms, we get caught up in the mundaneness of everyday life, and find ourselves serving others out of obligation instead of love. I call this being on “mom autopilot.” We move from breakfast to preschool pickup to elementary carpool line to dance lessons to basketball to midweek church to dinner to homework to bath to bedtime to repeat all over the next day. How radically would our family lives change if we committed to serve our families out
of love instead of obligation? We need to slow down and really interact with the people that we know and love. If we truly served in love, our homes would become calmer, friendlier, and full of grace. Would you commit to serving your family with love rather than out of obligation, and see how it changes your family?
I hope that you are finding value in service to others, not only in your home, but also in your community as well. Do you currently spend time serving others? A great place to get started is in your church home. Head to the church office and see what areas of ministry need a helping hand. Another great way to find a place to serve is to ask a friend. Use your mom network to identify a local need and creatively meet that need.
When you find yourself weary, take refuge in 2 Thessalonians 3:13, “And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good.”
So, dear friend, hold fast to that thought while you serve Jesus and others.
Leslie Leonard and the Help Club For Moms Team
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” Charles Dickens