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Built to Serve
Theme of the Week: Change Your Life Through Service
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: "You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" (Acts 20:35)

Dig Deeper: Acts 20:13-38

Recently I had a conversation with Harry, a young man who is mentoring school kids in the poorest and most crime-ridden part of his city. Talk about challenging!

Harry spends at least 10 hours a week working with his own mentorees. In addition, he is raising money and recruiting volunteers for an after-school program he dreams of establishing that will change both the destination and the destiny for the kids in this area.

This young professional does all this on top of his work responsibilities. As I listened to his story, I asked him, "Aren't you exhausted?"

He answered, "There's good tired and bad tired." Then, with a smile, he added, "My work with the kids is a good tired. This is what I am meant to do" (emphasis added).

You could no more talk this young man out of his engagement with this passion than you can halt the setting of the sun.

We are built to serve! The people I run into who are serving in their communities have a zest for life that spills out into every area of their lives. Conversely, people who [don't reach out] miss the rewards of serving their neighbors. If we do not exercise our serving muscles, our souls will be undernourished.

—Reggie McNeal in Get Off Your Donkey

My Response: What are some specific ways I could "exercise [my] serving muscles"?

Thought to Apply: The kingdom of God advances by people lovingly placing themselves under others, in service to others, at cost to themselves.—Gregory A. Boyd (preacher, theologian)

Adapted from Get Off Your Donkey by Reggie McNeal (Baker, 2013; bakerpublishinggroup.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord Jesus, help me to see serving others not as a "Christian obligation" but as an exciting path to a truly fulfilling life.

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Curt Schleicher

August 20, 2014  8:57am

Ways in which i could 'exercise my my serving muscles' are (1) establishing a tutoring program for elementary children having difficulty reading & writing ; (2) working within a program that assists others with their needs ---food, clothing---basic needs that i myself take for granted; and (3) assisting in operating an after school sports program that would provide kids with an positive outlet to direct their energies. i'm a retired teacher with energy in my tank that's there to fulfill purposes in life. If at all possible, i would desire that these ministries be Christ-centered to utilize what time i'm provided with to extend his kingdom to others within my community. These are heartfelt issues that i have a passion to see to fruition. While i see serving others as one of the many obligations of the Christian, in addition, i view service to others as truly the way of completing my life in Christ. In Jesus name, i pray, amen.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

August 20, 2014  6:25am

Yes, we are called to serve others. God has a mission for each of us and at the core of each of us is our talent, passion and strength He has aligned us with. God is great a putting us together with different abilities to serve in different capacities. We just need to discover and allow that to show through... Amen, M.O.I. Thank you, Anthony

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