Serve or Be Served?

So, when it comes to staying home and cooking and serving a meal, or going out and letting someone else cook and serve you, which would you rather do?  Well, my hand would be raised voting for letting someone else serve me.  Now, I’m all for staying home and cooking a nice healthy meal as well…but sometimes it’s just nice to be served, right?

Here’s what I’m really getting at.  I spoke of serving above as literally being served food, probably because that’s one of my favorite things.  I’m referring to “serving” hereafter as anything we do for someone else.  Our society has made the entire concept of serving others not necessarily something to be desired, but rather promotes the idea that we deserve to be served.  I’m afraid the idea of serving others isn’t something that our minds easily relent to.

Take a newlywed couple for instance.  Sometimes the thoughts of getting married center around what the other person is going to do for you and how that makes you happy.  Sure, you strive to please your spouse, but if your thinking doesn’t revolve around the fact that we, especially as believers, should focus on living to serve and putting the desire to be served in second place, then I think problems can arise.

Mark 10:45 says “For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many”.  Seems like this is a good example to follow.  Honestly, I believe this “being served” attitude is one reason that causes many couples starting out in marriage to have problems, even ultimately leading to divorce.  It can also sneak into our marriages after we have children and we start to feel overwhelmed with the daily routine of running a household.  It can be very taxing at times and as a wife and mother we feel like all we do is do for others, not to mention the fact that a lot of women work outside the home.  Even if the person/people we are serving seem to not notice, care, or do the same thing, we still will be better off to go ahead and do what we know is right, and that’s serve.

If we really want to be happy in anything we do, or have to do, then let our mindset be that of serving out of love.  Love for God, love for our spouse, love for our family, or any situation where we find ourselves serving someone.  It’s not always easy, but you can do it.

I truly believe that when we are serving out of LOVE, we are the ones who will reap the benefits!

Until next time, God Bless

Kathy

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