Tuesday, March 8, 2011

In A Word: Servant

There are many books, blogs, and Bible studies available on the topic of being a servant. In fact, I have one called Improving Your Serve by Charles Swindoll sitting on my coffee table. As followers of Christ we are taught to serve others, but the biggest obstacle I sometimes deal with in servant hood is actually allowing others to serve me. I don't know about you, but I like to do things on my own. I find it difficult to ask for help, yet I find it very easy to offer my help (even when I have no idea what I'm doing).

We can really rob people of their servant's heart if we don't allow them to lend a hand or two every now and then. Just this week I was faced with a list of blogs to post for the Ruby for Women community and was about to try and do them all myself when I remembered that Jackie (one of our admin volunteers with Ruby) offered to help in this area. I usually send her one link to help with, but she's so eager to come to our aid that I could actually part with a few more. It was a lot to let go and admit that it's OK if I can't do everything. Jackie's already posted two of the blogs on the list I sent. I cannot thank her enough for her dedication and time in doing this. It may not seem like much, but the amount of time it freed just for me to accomplish a few other tasks was tremendous!

Earlier this evening, I fixed dinner for my family. It was an act of service, but I really enjoyed it. Before dinner, my sister-in-law asked if she could help me out. She always offers to help and even though I appreciate it, I don't always say yes. It's that "I can do it all" attitude stirring its ugly head again. Tonight, however, I was tired and realized an extra set of hands in the kitchen was exactly what I needed. By giving her some tasks to do I not only enabled myself to get more done, but I was encouraging her to serve. Again, it wasn't something huge, but for me it was a huge relief and I am so thankful for her kindness.

It's OK that we can't do everything on our own. We were made to work together as a team. We're all servants, so let's help others and allow them to help us too!

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