Daily Drudgery — Meaningful Service

This month we focus on the discipline of service. When I hear the word service, two images come immediately to mind. One is Jesus, bending down, washing the disciples’ feet (John 13).

The other is the wizened, weather-worn face of Mother Teresa. She learned much about service in her life caring for the poor. She described service as “love in action” and her service for others was motivated by her love for Christ.

We’ll look more at both of these images later in the month.

But to be honest, the other thing that immediately comes to mind when I think about service is this feeling: I can’t do any more!

Many of us are busy — as mothers or wives or employees — and we tend to think of service as something else we need to “add” to our lives.

Certainly there is a place for intentionally doing “additional” and purposeful acts of service — such as service projects like volunteering, etc.

But what I’d like to begin this month with is the suggestion that we step back and re-evaluate service as something we may already doing. The motivation behind our work can turn anything, even daily drudgery like changing diapers or balancing the checkbook, into an act of service. Household tasks can be meaningful acts of service as we focus our hearts on our love for our family members and our desire to minister to them. Work in our job can be service as we seek to serve our fellow man by using our talents with excellence and contributing meaningfully to society. Indeed, any task done “unto the Lord” transforms it from drudgery into a spiritual discipline.

Let us begin this month, focusing on service, with the paraphrase of Romans 12:1 from The Message: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life — your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life — and place it before God as an offering.”


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