In the third (and possibly last) of the series on serving, I can’t fail to talk about the most obvious–our home and family. And because it’s the most obvious, it’s the most overlooked.
If Jesus said that serving was the most important human act and will receive a great reward, how can service to our family–the ones He put in front of us–not be of extreme importance?
How is it that we actually serve our family?
Thinking back over the last few posts, I mentioned verbal encouragement, the ministry of prayer, being a listening ear, and helping physically where needed. We serve our families in all those ways too!
And even our chores are serving. Preparing yummy food–a tremendous act of love and service. (Be sure, I am for delegating chores, so I don’t mean mom does all the chores in the name of serving!) And as we delegate, we teach (at least tell) our children to serve with joy. Yesterday one of my children told the younger one when he said, “I did do my chore!”…”Yeah, but you were complaining so you lost your reward.” (LOL) I have been reminded how important it is for me to watch my grumbling about chores. To find the gratitude. (Dirty dishes means plenty to eat!)
The difference–the hardest part here, is that the familiarity and routine tempt us to be less willing or cheerful to serve at home. We approach it often as drudgery because it’s daily and can become rote and tiring. And also because we may not receive the same gratitude from children and a husband as we do our other neighbors. But a reminder that we are to do all things to the glory of God (“whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do…”), whether we receive earthly notice or not, and that He sees, can shift our perspective.
Serve your family through…
-Smiling at them.
-Praying for and with them.
-Giving Scripture to them. (Leaving notes with Scripture, or sending a text to encourage them is a great act of service.)
-Taking joy in feeding them. And make sure they know.
-Striving to create a peaceful and comfortable place for them.
Serving our family with intention and joy is not less than doing anything else. In fact, I believe it’s more.
Same Scripture put to music, NEW LOOK!
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