"A life lived close to Me will never be dull or predictable. Expect each day to contain surprises! Resist your tendency to search for the easiest route through the day. Be willing to follow wherever I lead. No matter how steep or treacherous the path before you, the safest place to be is by My side." (Young, Sarah. JESUS CALLING. Thomas Nelson. 2004. Nashville, TN.)
I am joyfully blessed in a season where my family and I can serve the community. We did not arrive here easily or overnight and there were times when it just did not seem to be working out well...but here we are, ready and willing to be of service to our community, family, friends, and coworkers...and not a moment too late (it seems)!
We do not have a big home, infact it does not even hit the 1200 sq. ft. mark but we are still able to do various things whether it is collecting and distributing hand me down clothes, offering a warm meal, or even supplying a place for rest. In an economy where jobs are limited and forecloses are abundant, I am so thankful to be able to do for others.
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live." But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.
But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.'
Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise." (Luke 10:25-37 ESV)
Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to serve. I pray I am a good steward of all you provide for me and my family.