The Beauty in Serving
Picture this: you’re sitting in church or your weekly youth group and they’re going through the announcements. Simple enough right? You may check your phone during this time, maybe daydream a little if given enough minutes. By the end, you haven’t heard a thing of what was going on that week. You figure to yourself, “Why should I listen to serving opportunities, when it has absolutely nothing to do with me?” After this you continue on with your day as usual. However, you probably don’t realize that what you said is false. Serving opportunities not only apply to you, but the community around you.
It’s more common than you would think. We as Christians may do a lot inside of our church, but we disregard the outside. Whilst it is always good to help our friends and neighbors, and assist in serving for church events, the impact from serving outside the church is absolutely incredible. So today’s topic is all about outside serving-meaning serving in our community-and the true beauty of it.
Serving opportunities are everywhere. They may not seem like they are, but trust me you’ll find them practically anywhere. Your local church may sponsor outside organizations that help smaller communities to flourish again, such as The Well in Curtis Bay. Or maybe a shelter has left a flyer on your door asking for volunteers. On a bigger scale there are even yearly trips to the Dominican Republic, all for the sake of helping others. These shelters always need help, and we as young Christians certainly can give a hand. So what’s holding us back?
Some would say obligations, others simply claim they wouldn’t fit in with such a situation, but here’s the thing: we should always have time for God-for serving Him by serving the people He loves. No matter what’s going on during the week, a little here and there to help out surely won’t ruin your free time. Sometimes we can even multitask with two things at once. Take spending some time at Morningside with the members of our youth group for example. Whilst you’re there you can maybe share some of the things you enjoy doing at home, like your art or music. Anything you’d do whilst relaxing can actually really open someone’s eyes and connect with them. That’s another thing; our talents, can be useful for others. Have to practice your trumpet? Practice it while serving! It’d certainly make the people there much more cheerful.
Here’s the thing. We always put things in our way. We can always find something stopping us from helping. I understand this too. For me I always assumed I was much too busy to help out, but in truth I couldn’t be bothered. That is, until I tried serving up in Curtis Bay. There was approximately twelve of us. Four girls (including me) did face painting at an even at The Well. At first I was a little discouraged, and nervous I wouldn’t be good enough to work on it. By the end, I was smiling ear to ear! Why? Because of the smiles I put on the kids’ faces when they had their faces painted to look like a character. None of my fears mattered anymore, it was just enjoyable to see them so happy.
It’s for this reason that I seriously encourage anyone that is on the fence to seriously try serving outside the building, you won’t regret it! It’s an amazing experience, and when you see how happy it makes others, you’ll feel God’s presence
Prayer Of The Month:
“Lord, teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve.
To give and not to count the cost.
To fight and not to heed the wounds.
To toil and not to seek for rest.
To labor and not to ask for reward.
Save that of knowing that I am doing your will.”
— St. Ignatius
— Lillian Putnam