Here to Serve

I have been tempted to throw myself a pity party this week. Tomorrow, we were supposed to visit Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. This was going to be a celebration of sorts since we paid off our cabin.

Instead, we decided to forego our trip and start a new chicken flock amongst other things. We figured our resources would be better spent on increasing our efforts to become self sufficient rather than on a vacation. We do not feel safe traveling yet, either. We lost our nearly $1,000 deposit. This has been tough. The property owner refuses to give it back, despite being in the midst of a pandemic.

Because of this, I’ve been reflecting on just how much my flesh craves creature comforts. Pandemic aside, I’d love to be sitting on the beach right now, my toes in the sand. Watching my children frolic and play while listening to waves lap the sand. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

But here I am, trying my best to keep a positive attitude while mothering my children. Today’s routine is similar to the day before it, and I find my selfish nature wanting more. And at the beach, thank you very much.

As I flipped through my Bible this morning, I was struck by the life of Christ. God became flesh, and came to this earth to serve. As His follower, that is what I am to do, too. Reading books, kissing boo boos, and keeping up with the laundry is what I’m here for. When I serve my family, I’m mirroring, in a very small way, what the Lord has done for us.

These tasks aren’t insignificant in His eyes. And yet I think they are, and want to experience “fun” instead.

For who is greater, the one who reclines at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at the table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

Luke 22:27

But to live is Christ, and to die is gain. What would He do in this situation? He would serve. He would love. He would meet His followers where they are, and encourage them to do what He did. Because His yoke is light.

Instead of looking forward to amusement, I hope to look forward to the simple joys and blessings found in my life each and every day. The Lord is a good, good Father. We can find joy while serving our families, by His strength. In our homes, without a vacation in sight.

Possibly we will find the opportunity to vacation in the future. But I must realize that my focus shouldn’t be on selfishness. Serving, and not self, is where the Lord wants our attention to lie.

If anyone serves Me, he must follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him.

John 12:26

He has me just where He wants me. Be encouraged today! His purpose and plan for you is great. Serving our family within the walls of our home is a high and lovely calling.

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