Hey y’all… how’s your mama and ’em?
This past weekend I was honored to attend two very different ceremonies for some very awesome young folks that I’ve had the pleasure of watching grow up through the years. The first was the wedding ceremony of one of my daughter’s oldest friends to her high school sweetheart. The second was an Eagle Scout Court of Honor Ceremony for Daniel Youngblood. Though it would seem that the two had nothing in common, as I listened to the speakers I found a common theme woven throughout both ceremonies – servanthood.
The hallmark of a happy marriage is the husband and wife mutually striving to put the other’s needs ahead of their own. In serving one another, each find fulfillment. When one of the two insist on putting themselves first, disagreements and conflict will ensue.
The central purpose of the boy scouts is to serve others. As the scoutmaster pointed out during Daniel’s Eagle Scout Ceremony, with each badge a scout earns a new skill that is learned to assist in better serving others.
Before anyone can become an effective leader, they must first learn to serve. Jesus said in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” God asks us to do the same. “But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” Galatians 5:13b
In today’s society, the word “serve” often makes people cringe. Somehow the word has become associated with tasks that no one wants. We imagine trips to Outer Mongolia or washing the feet of a dirty child. More often than not though, a servant’s heart is developed at home in little things that families tend to do for one another daily. Those actions trickle down into how we treat those outside of our homes and in our communities. They become opportunities to minister to others in simple ways that oftentimes are overlooked. Holding a door open for a stranger, picking up and returning something someone dropped, or sharing a cold water on a hot day says more to people about who we are than the best written biography. In all of our actions and especially in serving, our sincerest goal should be to be a reflection of the love of God in our lives.
Ephesians 6:7 challenges us, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people.” This week be mindful of your actions and look for ways in which you can serve God through serving others. Remember, even just a smile goes a long way.
Have a blessed week, y’all!