FOR... Neighbors - Day 5

Opening Prayer:

Lord, help me see serving my neighbors as communicating your love.    

      

Read: 1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)

“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.  If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 

Reflect:

When we serve others, especially in unexpected ways, we communicate God’s love in unforgettable ways.   When I was in the 8th grade, my father passed away suddenly.  A couple of days after he died, the doorbell rang and I answered the door.  There was my school bus driver with a card and some flowers.  I thanked her and closed the door and I was so embarrassed.  You see, this lady had been my bus driver for just a few months and she was with some difficulty learning to drive a manual transmission.  My buddies and I enjoyed sitting in the back of the bus over those months making fun of her.  As she would occasionally grind through the gears, we would say, “Are you grinding hamburger up there?”, and then laugh.  The ironic thing that day is that I don’t know how she found my address or knew my name, much less that my Dad had died.  Her spontaneous act of kindness to this squirrely middle schooler has never been forgotten.  She loved me and served me that day that draws me to thank Jesus every time I remember her.  

Apply:

Stop and sit quietly for a few moments and think of someone, perhaps a neighbor that you could serve.  Ask God to give you the strength he promises to provide to do whatever it takes to love them in the name of Jesus.   

Closing Prayer:

God, so many times I run myself out. You are all I need. Help me to remember this and still myself before you so that I can know you better.

Terry Schneider