This guy from the mobile home park is not a member of our church, but he does attend when his work schedule allows. The kids come and seem to love it. We definitely love them.
Although he wasn't part of the group that was there to serve, he served in a big way.
The first thing he did was show up. How else can you see what God wants you to do if you fail to show up?
He volunteered to take some food back to his home and heat it up for the ladies. They were afraid it wouldn't be warm enough and in time for lunch. So he carried the crock pot full of chili to and from his house.
He monitored the activities. He chatted with us and his neighbors. He put himself out there socially, which isn't always easy to do.
When it was time to clean up, he helped. As some of the church guys were loading the garbage up to take back to the church, he wouldn't allow it. He said to leave it and he would take care of it. He was assured that we didn't mind taking it back. He assured us he didn't mind carrying it off to their dumpster.
But this guy....he served. He may not realize it or not, but he served Christ today. And it melted my heart.
We can all do something.
Remember the lady who poured the oil on Jesus and rubbed his feet with oil and her hair? That was all she had. She served.
Remember the widow who gave the little money she had? The rich people didn't think it was worth anything, but it was all she had. She served.
We can't all sing.
We can't all do crafts.
We can't all paint faces.
We can't all play an instrument.
We can't all teach or preach or perform.
We can all serve.
We can serve the food.
We can toss a ball to a two year old.
We can monitor activities so kids are safe and have fun.
We can go down the inflatable slide with each kid who asks.
We can take a hotdog and drink to the elderly lady who can't walk to the food line.
We can have a conversation with a stranger.
We can learn someone's name.
We can pick up the trash at the end of the day.
We can show up and see what happens when we say YES to serving Jesus.
I encourage you to show up and show your children the many ways to show the love of Christ to others.