March 1 – Never Miss An Opportunity To Serve

4:60 – Never Miss An Opportunity To Serve

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Setting

On Saturday night, while in the drive thru at Dairy Queen, I saw a police car behind me. I don’t know why, but I had a deep desire to buy that officer’s food. When I got to the window, I paid for both of us. I will never know if that impacted the officer’s life, but I hope she had a better night.

This morning, while making lunches, I realized I used to put little notes in for my wife and kids. I haven’t done that in a while and need to do that again. Those little notes seem to make their day brighter.

We all have opportunities to serve everyday, both large and small. Let’s not miss the little opportunities whole looking for large ones or miss them all together.

Today’s questions: How are you looking for the little opportunities to serve? What do you do when you miss those chances?

Scripture
  • 1 Peter 4:10-11 – As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
  • Matthew 20:28 – Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Reflection

Service looks different for everyone. As we see on 1 Peter, we should serve with the gifts God provided us. It may be buying someone’s ice cream or writing a note in their lunch. It could be shoveling a driveway or something as simple as just saying “I’m thinking about you.” We are called to serve just as Jesus died as service for us. Our service can, and shouldn’t try to, reach the level of Jesus. We just need to serve however we can.

But what happens when we miss an opportunity? Is it the end of the world? Can we fix it? Maybe the service opportunity is lost but it’s changed soemthing in us so we don’t miss it again. Sometimes an opportunity only comes clear in retrospect. On all of those cases, we can thank Jesus for bringing this to our attention and pray that we don’t miss it on the future.

As we close, remember just like our #faithjourney, serving and learning to serve others is a life long process. Just remember to keep Jesus on that journey with you.

Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank you for instilling a heart of service in us. Help us to see the big and small opportunity to help others. Let us do it unselfishly and with love. We pray this in your name, Amen.

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