Thursday, June 21, 2012

My Life Lesson with God

I've been learning quite a bit as I grow older with each passing day. Sometimes those nuggets of wisdom are precious and find themselves posted at status updates on Facebook, jotted down in a notebook with a star next to them, saved in an email file or create a dog ear tab in a book for reference. These are my tools to help me not forget the life lessons I believe that God is teaching me in my own personal walk of faith.

You know the ones I am referring to? Those "Ah Ha!" moments! Where you can sense that light bulb had turned on once more and you are a little brighter than you were a few moments ago. The older I get, it seems, the more profound the lessons are.

The lesson I feel especially proud to be on this time, is one of servant-hood. For me, at times, it'be been a bitter pill to swallow. We all think we can do it in a pinch but how about if that time frame is pushed past our comfort zone, perhaps going a lot longer than you had expected, or increased in the amount you must do, or have to take care of multiple things at the same time and not complain. Eye rolling, and silent gestures also count. You can't have none of that. So what is your motivation? What pushes you to do more when all you want to do is throw in the towel?

Perhaps its love for the person you're doing it for? However, would you consider doing the same thing for someone you didn't care for but needed help? Tough question to consider and be honest about at the same time.

Lately, however, in my own personal walk with God, it seems like I am learning how to be a good servant. This does not mean, just to help out when asked, it goes a whole lot further than that. It means watching our silent gestures, looks, body language and words while completing the actions. And with all the health concerns finding there way into my personal life lately, all of them requiring self-sacrifice at some point, God and I have been talking a lot more lately.

I find myself grumbling under my breath after taking yet another load of food upstairs to whomever needs it, walking back down the stairs and answering yet another cry for help, while finding out where I have mis-placed my smile again. I ask, plead and beg God for help to do this with the right attitude. I hear God's voice on my heart, to be a great and humble servant. Time to learn by doing, by getting in there and really putting forth my best effort. Reminding myself that Jesus came here to serve.

So if He can do it, I most certainly can. And this is my life lesson at this time. To learn to be a faithful and humble servant. To offer assistance in any way I can as if God, Himself, asked me to personally. To do it with a cheerful heart, to go the distance, to never feel overwhelmed but to remember, I am here to serve, just like my Savior did. I also have to make sure what my intentions are as well when doing something for someone else, is it for my pride to show God, "look what I am doing!" or is it to truly help someone without caring what anyone thinks even myself. That is an important thing to consider.

I'm not always successful and sometimes I have to take a few moments and get back in touch with God and have Him remind me, "I am here to serve." Sometimes each morning I remind myself that in every encounter I have that day, "I am here to serve!" It's a great life lesson for me and one that requires a careful, disciplined walk with Jesus to get me through this one, but I know it will make me a better person for doing it. Minute by minute, day by day, calm and quiet spirit, I am learning to grow. I am finding it easier to enjoy when I am asked to serve others, and even now, I am looking for ways to help serve others. It's helping me learn to be a better servant of God and that makes it all worthwhile!

How about you? What life lesson do you find God walking with you through right now? I'd love to hear from you and would LOVE to lift you up in prayer as you continue on your own personal journey. And thanks for stopping by today! If I have encouraged you in some small way, be sure to let me know, I'd love to hear your thoughts too!

Matthew 20: 26-28 "26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”


Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

learning that it's always all about Him. He shows me more every day of how little our life is about us. I just love the word of God and I just love my Savior!

Lifting you and your family up in prayer!

Melissa said...

Thanks so much for this uplifting reminder - I needed to hear it today.