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Daily Devotion

Beth Townsend

There are outside light fixtures to be replaced, weeds and shrubbery to be removed from behind the garage and a potential stone project on the north side of the house - lots to do and me with no experience doing any of it.  In the past, Mark would have enjoyed these home projects and taken them on without hesitation.  Not so much for me.  What to do now that he is gone?

After a week or so of thinking about the projects and praying about them, I knew I had to ask for help.  That doesn’t come easily to me, but I reached out to three different friends who I thought would have the knowledge, skills and time to help me.  When telling my Dad about having to ask for help, he said, “I bet each one your friends will be happy to help you!  You would help them if they asked you, right?”  Of course, my Dad was absolutely correct - all three friends each responded right away with a heartfelt “Yes!” 

While I was thrilled to receive these responses, what struck me was my Dad’s question -  wouldn’t I want to help my friends if/when asked?   Whether helping friends, family or even folks I don’t know (as many of us recently did for Graceworks Enhanced Living residents), these are all opportunities to follow Jesus and to serve as one of his disciples.  I enjoy and learn from such experiences, so why would I deny my friends, family, or even others I don’t know to do the same for me?   Serving isn’t a one-way street.  We are all called to listen for and act on opportunities to serve and to be served - isn’t that what Jesus would want us to do?

Matthew 22:35-40 Which Commandment is the greatest?  Jesus answered him, “you shall love the Lord Your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and first commandment.  And the second is like it; You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

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Danelle Buelsing

Beth, I like your point that serving isn't a one-way street. I'm sure your friends are thankful that you gave them the chance to help!

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