And now, for the sake of these things which I have spoken unto–that is, for the sake of retaining a remission of your sins from day to day, that ye may walk guiltless before God–I would that ye should impart of your substance to the poor, every man according to that which he hath, such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and administering to their relief, both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants.
And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.
First pray, remembering to be humble and submissive–let God lead you in the service work that He would have you give this person.
I love this Dare! I think sometimes we get so set in our ways of what is and isn’t service and what we should and shouldn’t give. Sometimes we just need to sit back and let God take the Driver’s Seat. Choosing to be humble and submissive to His promptings of what and how to work in other’s lives. Sometimes it’s the simplest thing–like a smile, a tender look, a warm embrace, a listening ear, a night out from the kids, a card in the mail, or a sticky note on the fridge, a call to see what groceries are needed at home. I think God works a lot more in the Service of Little Things than we realize or give Him credit for.
Sure, He’s, of course, in the big things too, but sometimes we loose how He’s in all the small miracles that happen every day. The small tokens that say I love you through all the people around us.
I started reading this marriage book by John Gottman a while back entitled The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. I really loved the book. There’s this one part in the book where he talks about listening to our spouse’s bids to us for something they need or want, whether they say it nicely or not. I loved this principle and I think it extends to any relationship you want to keep. In fact, I think this extends to the body of Christ as a whole. We need to be listening to each other and following the promptings of the Spirit to be able to serve each other and meet each other’s needs.
We need to be in tune with each other so that when we see a need that needs filling we can be one ready to fill that need. Sometimes it’s a plate of cookies, a glass of milk and a heart to heart over the kitchen counter and sometimes it’s helping your neighbor shovel their walk. Sometimes it’s something big and sometimes it’s something small, but both can be extremely meaningful nonetheless. This is the “bond of charity” in action, in daily acts of love. And it comes in all shapes and sizes.
There have been times where I had an idea of something come to mind to do for a person and it always came with this love. And when I acted on that loving action it was a beautiful experience. The whole of our existence on the planet is about bonding and making loving connections with each other. Everything we do for each other needs to be with that in mind. We connect with each other and help each other connect to Christ. We’ll bring more people to Christ through that love than we will any other thing. Love and service are universal languages. I love the adage “love is a verb”. But love is also an adjective. And a noun. Love is the beginning, the end and the in-between. Love is the way we are, the way we feel, the way we act, the way we see, the way we hear, the way we resonate and connect with everyone and everything.
God doesn’t ask us to connect, to be everything for every person all the time. We each have our own color of the rainbow to shine and to give color to the world. No two of us are exactly alike. We each have a beauty all our own. And we have a service, a way of serving and blessing others, that no one else does. And that is a beautiful thing. What we have to give is needed and valuable, and in truth, wanted.
If we listen to those loving peaceful promptings, we’ll find that God has planted in our true natures, or divine nature, all sorts of loving actions just waiting to be lavished on others when He gives us the go ahead. His timing is perfect. He knows when that person needs just what we have to give. Truly we don’t need to be like the Jones’s–if we copied the Jones’s the world would miss out on our unique us. You are the only you in the world. Don’t let the world miss out on that. And wether you touch five, ten, a hundred, thousand or a million people in your life, it really doesn’t matter. Because you are the only one that could touch them the way you did.
My great-grandma used to say, “Let your life be like a snowflake: leave a mark, not a stain.” I hope we can all leave our unique “snowflake mark” on every life we touch. May we be a blessing, a comfort, a strength, a need met, everywhere we go. Just by being who God always intended us to be. Awaiting His nudge, “It’s time now; go!”
Assignment for Dare 14:
You know that person? That one you’ve been thinking about? Maybe there’s more than one. Take some time and listen. What is God asking you to do for them? What loving service is He prompting you to give? Take that leap of faith and do it!