Joy thru Service

I slept and dreamt life was joy, I awoke and saw life was service, I acted and, behold, service is joy. Tagore

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10

For those who have a servant’s heart, joy comes in helping others realize their dreams. It comes in standing alongside others as they struggle, even if there is nothing we can do to lessen their burden beside this act of togetherness. Joy comes for the servant when he or she is able to share the burden another has, heft the load for another, or give quiet and confident witness to hard times, providing what he can to ease the pain.

God wills that we would serve others, and in so doing, He blesses us.

It’s funny how service works.

We think in our logical minds that giving more will deplete our reservoir, but in actuality the opposite is true. The more we give, the more God gives us to give, so that in giving, our resources increase.

So much of God’s world is topsy-turvy compared to ours.

What we see as loss, He sees as gain.

What we see as pain, He sees as progress.

What we see as bankruptcy, He sees as a new beginning, free of all those things that fettered us for too long.

Once we quit worrying about what we have and don’t have, He frees us to see the value in giving up everything to have Him.

Hallelujah, what a Savior.

Today, is you are weighed down with troubles or burdened by the harsh nature of this world, move into servant mode.

Don’t fix others. Fixing is for God to do, alone. But when He sends someone with a problem into your back yard, support them.

Listen to them.

Stand alongside them.

Their dreams for their life may be different from yours, but that’s okay. We don’t have to figure out their lives, or make things go well for them.

Ours is only to serve.

Pray for God to increase that servant’s heart among us today. Pray for stony chests to give up the fight to have more. Pray for opportunities for service to come to us, and pray that when they do, we will be ready: to love, to hold, to hug, and to serve.

Prayer Changes Things!


2 thoughts on “Joy thru Service

  1. J Bird says:

    I appreciate the truth here and Emily’s comment, as this is right where I am currently, bankrupt and blessed to be beginning fresh. The line, “Their dreams for their life may be different from yours, but that’s okay. We don’t have to figure out their lives, or make things go well for them.” has opened the eyes of this notorious “Mrs. Fix It” and made me realize that, I not only can not fix everyone’s problems but I am not suppose to fix everyone’s problems, especially when it comes to my own children. I frequently need this reminder! Thank you Lori!


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