Sometimes it’s hard to be thankful because we are self-absorbed. It’s easy to think that our problems are more urgent and serious than other people’s. Serving others is a practical way to become more thankful and less selfish.
Service requires us to stop thinking about ourselves and to concentrate on the needs of others. It puts our own problems into perspective and makes us grateful for the blessings that we do have.
Service is often reciprocal. A community where everyone works to meet the needs of others is a community where one’s personal needs are also met.
Writing to the church in Philippi, Paul exhorts us: "In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:5-7)
When we engage in service, we imitate Jesus. The unity that we can experience with Christ through service is a precious gift. It is an opportunity to express, both to God and to the world, what his love means to us.
Have a good week reflecting His love.
Mike and Daphne