Thursday, July 17, 2008

God is still able to use Me!

Do you have a servant’s heart? Has God blessed you with the insight to see the needs of others and reach out in compassion and understanding even when they, themselves, cannot reach out and ask for help?

Last night I was blessed to be able to work side by side with a group of ladies willing to give up their time to serve others. I watched these women and felt so much joy in my heart that I could work with them in order to help a dear family.

This dear lady is having twins and is on bed rest for 10 more weeks. She had to have surgery on the twins a few weeks back. God is so good! The twins are doing fine now but Mama is down for a while. Isn't it funny how God works. I know I have cancer and am having Chemo but I think I can handle that better then being on bed rest for 10 more weeks. I think we will be done around the same time. Steph with the twins and me with my Chemo. We are each going through a difficult time but God will see us both through. This dear young lady used to watch my twins when they were babies so I could go to my oldest sons football games on Friday nights. Here it is all these years later and she is having twins and I am able to help her out just a little. We prepared over 30 meals for them last night. Now all they have to do is take them out of the freezer and put them in the oven that evening. God is still able to use me!

It doesn’t matter what you own, how much money you have in the bank, how talented or educated you are, or how many people you know. If God calls you to have a servant’s heart, He will make a way for you to accomplish what He has put on your heart to do.

A servant’s heart has more to do with your relationship with God than it has to do with your desire to be recognized for your good deeds. Having a servant’s heart is one the most beautiful expressions of love I know. It’s showing your love to another human being by simply being who God intended you to be. It’s about seeing a need and fulfilling it without any strings attached. It’s about making yourself uncomfortable so that someone else could be comfortable. It’s about showing Christ’s love through your actions and words. And finally, it’s about touching the lives of those around you with such a gentle kindness that your act will be remembered for years to come.

Taking the time to listen to what God wants you to do, humbling yourself to do what He has called you to do, and then faithfully following His orders regardless of how uncomfortable it makes you is truly what a servant’s heart is all about. It’s selfless love at its best and God couldn’t ask for a better gift or testimony of your relationship with Him. God blessed me last night by watching these women and their love for this dear family.

Sometimes when you think you are doing the ministering, you are really being ministered to. It really makes me what to keep serving!

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms." - I Peter 4:10
"...to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up..." - Ephesians 4:12

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

As I look on your life, I can see how God has molded you from your childhood until now.
You have always had a quiet heart.
(Well most of the time hehe)
You have always wanted to help.
Your life is such an inspiration to everyone.
I my child am so proud and Thankful to see what God has done in your life and what He is going to do to Bless you and carry you through each day. You are one day closer to Healing and enjoying your life that God has given you.
I Love You

Love
MaMa

Lori said...

Mom,

I love you too! Oh, I think maybe I got some of my desire to help others from you.

Love you,

Lori

Hey, I feel really good today.

e-Mom said...

Wonderful encouragement. We all have precious gifts from God. I love serving others with my teacher's heart. Bless you Lori!
(((Hugs)))

Greg C said...

I have been blessed with the ability to fix almost anything. Last week, a friend of a friend called to ask me to look at her lawnmower. She recently had her house damaged by a tornado. I spent several hours working on her mower but finally got it working. She kept trying to get me to take money but I wouldn't take it. I kept thinking, that it could have been us hit but the tornado and I am just thankful to be spared.

This was a great post today Lori.

Jim said...

Hi Lori. You sound fullof ambition, you always do keep sooooo busy! 'Serving' is one of your middle names, I know others too.

Wondering, is Becca's boyfriend from Texas? The kids are all so cute, my vote is for Jenna as the most endearing.

groovyoldlady said...

My Mom is requiring alot of my time and energy right now due to health problems and God has been dealing with my tendency towards selfishness. It IS a blessing to be a servant!

Amel's Realm said...

LOVE this post and reminder. THANK YOU SO MUCH, Lori!!!