08 May At Your Service: No Strings Attached
At Your Service: No Strings Attached
“Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”
John 13:14-15 NIV
I don’t know if it is the fact that I was raised in a single-parent home or that I somehow conceived this notion, but, my focus has always been on working hard and moving forward. The issue here is that I had no problem moving forward on my own and leaving others behind. I didn’t know how to serve without my interests at hand. One word: selfishness
I had no problem helping others by giving. It was easy for me. If I knew someone was in need, I’d be moved to look at my financial resources and see how I could help. Giving is my love language (click on the link to check out this book and learn more about love languages), actually. But, I did not know how to serve in the sense of putting time and effort for someone else. I knew what it was to work hard, but it was usually for me. This has even extended to hosting families in my home. My husband would take care of that. I would forget to offer guests a drink (still happens, still learning) and get all wrapped up with the unimportant things, such as any outside dirt from the soles of shoes entering my house.
Let’s fast forward to the present. I am now a SAHM. I don’t have any personal income of my own and cannot do things solo. In fact, I am now in a position where I have to take the time to prepare meals for others and assist my child in her studies as a homeschooling parent. I now make sure everyone in my home is properly cared for. What a change! I went from “me, me, me” to everyone else. Knowing all of this about me, it is very interesting to see how much I’ve grown in this area.
A few weeks ago, a friend of my husband’s stopped by for dinner. I didn’t realize until afterward that this was the FIRST time I hosted anyone outside of my family in my home without my husband’s help. In this case, my husband and his friend were arriving home together for dinner. I was responsible for preparing dinner and hosting. There are times when you have to give yourself a pat on the shoulder; this is one of those times for me. I think my body knew it was supposed to get all panicky with the thought of hosting, but my mind was at peace. I cooked dinner, baked brownies (gluten free, of course) and remembered to offer a drink; not just once, but a few times. And it came so naturally. Here was Amy, cooking and baking, for someone else. No hidden agendas. No personal motivation. Just because. And it felt right.
There’s something about that maturation process. You can measure the growth and see how much God has done in your life. And it really is a beautiful thing.
Getting out of my comfort zone to serve others was not easy for me. And not something I desired to do. It was very selfish of me.
Good thing Jesus Christ doesn’t think in the same way I used to. He showed us His way to emulate, so that we could attract others to Him. I can’t fathom what would happen to us if He chose to stay on His throne and not die on a tree. Where would we be? Maybe that is a thought we should cling to. He chose to get down and dirty for us. In the same way, if we put ourselves to the side and serve genuinely, perhaps more people will see His light.
I don’t want to block the light of Christ by putting myself in the way. I want to serve, because He first served me.
And He is SO worth it!