Hello my friends!
The image of feet washing is on my heart this evening. As I write this post, I'm contemplating a lot of my priorities in this life, and wondering how much I truly serve? How much of my life is focused on myself, and accomplishing daily tasks, verses really giving to those around me? This life I have is truly a wonderful one. It is always my desire to live each day for Christ, but is that evident? Can other's see that? Or do I just seem like any girl, trying to get by in life?
"When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe, He reclined again and said to them, 'Do you know what I have done for you? You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example that you also should do just as I have done for you'" (John 13:12-15, HCSB).
But what does feet washing look like? How may it already be evident in my own life?
Does it include the dirty laundry, including my husband's dirty socks?
Or what about the meals I sometimes make, when someone's in the hospital?
Perhaps its giving food to stock the food pantry at our church.
Or going out of my way to love on a deployed spouse from our squadron.
It may be doing that menial task no one wants to do.
Or, it could just be loving the people God has placed in my life.
I'm such a task oriented person that it's easy for me to just run from one scheduled event to the next. When I'm so focused on getting things done, I often miss out on what God may have for store in the in-between. I'm definitely getting a balance check, as I list out all the ways I could be serving. Using a toddler as my excuse doesn't work as well anymore. She could be learning to serve as well, if I got myself in motion.
A friend of mine has gotten me into couponing. It's definitely a new adventure to be on! It totally changes the way you shop for groceries. No, we don't necessarily need to coupon at the moment, but, as a military spouse, I definitely see the need. There may be a time where our circumstances change, or , we may live in an area where food is a lot more expensive. But, even greater than this, is my desire to give. By couponing, I'm freeing up resources so that we can give to others. Also, when I come across "freebies", I can then give those to local shelters and pantries. We may not need the excess (especially as we move from place to place), but I'm sure that there's someone who does.This is definitely a way I could start serving those around me. Giving to those who have a need.
It certainly doesn't seem like a pleasant task. But is there anything better than sharing God's love in a practical way? Loving, giving, sharing, these are all things I could be displaying on a daily basis. I wonder what I could do tomorrow, to truly share God's love with those around me? What should I start with?