To Love and Serve

"What's the catch?" she asked us.
I said, "There isn't one."
Dumbfounded she laughed a bit, and then said "No, there has to be a catch."
"Ma'am I assure you there isn't one. We just want to serve you."

This is part of a conversation I had with an elderly woman whose home we visited in Littleton with Extreme Community Makeover. We went door to door telling people we (GGCC and other churches) will be in their nieghborhood on September 26th to help with exterior home improvement projects free of charge. We then asked them if they had any projects they would like help with. The general response was shock and then questioning of our motivation. When we explained that our desire was purely to be of service, people were so responsive and deeply grateful.

This experience led me to reflect upon one of my favorite verses:

"Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." 1 John 3:18.

I don't want to be a person that only speaks of love and service. I want to be a person that lives it out. Because that's what really matters. Regardless of whether or not you are able to serve with us and Extreme Community Makeover, I encourage you to find a way today to outwardly love through actions. You will be surprised at the moments in which you will find an opportunity to love and serve another person. (Little things mean a lot.)

Lord I ask that you would help us to love in actions and in truth. Please help us to take advantage of the opportunities we find to serve others. God, I thank you for times where we can serve. In these moments we not only help another, but you are also able to work on our hearts and stir our spirits. May we be your hands and feet. Amen.

Grace & Peace,
Amanda Jensen

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