I am a bit more than halfway through the first month and my “one word” has already brought so much focus! This week, in my quiet time, the Holy Spirit directed me to reading Philippians. I was not thinking about my “one word” but maybe the Lord was . So far I have read the first two Chapters and find no way to walk away from it without thinking about Servanthood!
What touched me most of all was when Paul told the people of Philippi: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Phil. 2:3). He went on to say:
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. ~ Phil. 2: 5-8
As I work on being more of a servant to those around me and “in lowliness of mind” loving them more than myself, I look at the example found in Christ. I have no excuse! He set himself aside and was willing to humble Himself, not because He had to or seeking any gain, but simply because of Agape Love for us!
Part of my journey this year with my “one word” this year will be to look for practical ways where I can improve in being a servant. This month I have come up with several but there is one that stands out as an area of much-needed improvement.
As a mother the To-Do list hardly ever shrinks. There is always something that needs to get done or a deadline that needs to be met. It’s important for me to keep our family and my children on task and keep some semblance of structure and schedule. There are times, though, when I need to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and know when to put the schedule aside and serve!
If a friend calls and needs comforting, it’s OK to stop lessons and get on the phone. If we know of someone who is sick, it’s OK to spend the morning cooking and delivering meals with the kids instead of getting our chores and homework done. If during nap time a friend calls with last-minute need for childcare, I want the love of Christ in me to set the schedule aside and serve them willingly and cheerfully!
I know our first ministry is our home, and we are to serve with faithfulness and excellence. I am learning to find balance, though. Schedules and to-do lists are not more important to God than people. My son completing his homework on time is great but I think God would get far more glory by the smile in someone’s face after our words of comfort when they most need it. God gets far more glory by our service than our productivity. I think the word here for me is balance and this will only come as the Holy Spirit continues to work in me.
You know, this part of my journey makes me think of the Parable of the Good Samaritan. It was the religious leaders that were too busy to help!
After telling the story, Jesus asked “So which of these do you think was a good neighbor” When the lawyer replied, Jesus said “Go and do likewise.”
My prayer is that this year, as I focus on my “one word” I will grow to be a better neighbor showing the love of Christ through my service!
How have you found ways to make your homeschool more flexible and open to unexpected opportunities to serve?