Friday, May 7, 2010

Filling The Hole

We're working on "filling the hole." You know,
"the hole in our gospel?"
See a couple posts down, and you can read
more if you missed it.
And as you read this,
know that I'm NOT exalting our family in any way.
What we did today should not be looked upon as
extraordinary, but ordinary for Christians.
You know the song...and they'll know we are
Christians by our love, by our love...
We're trying to serve as a family in our community
and abroad.
We're trying to be the Christians Jesus talked about
in the gospel,
not just Sunday church goers.
We need to reach outside of the church walls, my friends.
Going to church isn't going to do a lick of good
unless we take what we learn there
and put it to good use.
And there are so many ways to serve others.
And kids...well they need to be serving, too.
There isn't a child too small to make a difference.
And if they grow up serving others,
they will see it as an awesome opportunity,
rather than a burden and someone else's job.
It's easy to sit back and grumble about the morals
of our world, or the poor and homeless that
"litter" the city and smell bad.
It's easy to sympathize with the orphans,
or the children living in poverty.
But it shouldn't be that way.
For decades, we, as Christians, have failed to do what God
called us to do.
Do you realize how many millions of Christians
there are just in America...the land of the wealthy and prosperous?
And do you realize the difference these Christians could make
if they would get off their lazy bums and do
something to help?
So let's go!
Let's get God's work done!
We can change the world for better!
Let's be the people that stand out in the crowd,
not for our own glory, but
so others can see God's love through us.
Let's strive to hear those words from God,
"Well done, good and faithful servant."
Donning their aprons and gloves,
they picked up and scraped a ton of dirty dishes
at this senior home...and with smiles.
I'll have to remind them of those smiles when
they're cleaning the dishes at home! :)
Amarin was scoping out more dirty dishes.

Jacob and Charlie working together.

After we served, Jacob entertained on the piano.
He has been totally against playing anywhere in public...
just too embarrassed.
But we prayed about it several times
before coming this morning
and he was much more at ease than he thought.
He did a great job, and the seniors loved it.
Charlie...creating some comedy while Jacob's playing.
He does have the gift of making others laugh!
(Sorry about the blur...I think Jamie hid his new
camera on me until he gives me a I'm
using my old one that blurs easily!)

So, what do you do as a family to serve others? Leave a comment so we can all get some great ideas!


Cari said...

I love that book. Great job with the family service opportunity. My husband and I just sat through a seminar sponsored by Focus on the Family called Faith at Home. The speaker talked about family service times as a great teaching method for our children and ourselves.

Karin said...

Great idea! I am looking for some ways that a family with kids of all ages can serve, so I hope that lots of people post comments here with ideas that have worked for them.

Kristin said...

There are so many opportunities for children to serve right along side adults. We have made dinner together to serve to families at the Children's hospital on holidays... because we're all too familiar with that. Since we're limited to where we can go right now, we also gather craft supplies and coloring books to take to the playroom at the hospital. I can't wait until we can do more!

Kristen said...

Awesome book. Praying for your family as you adopt!