Life is chaotic. It’s busy. You rarely catch a break. You run from home to work then from kid activity to activity. It’s draining and leaves very little time for ourselves, our families, and even less time for us to think about or serve others.
At Asbury, our desire is to see you grow your faith and the best way to do that is through intentional engagement in worship, groups, and service. That means attending church regularly to hear God’s word and participate in corporate worship, getting connected through a LifeGroup or short-term study, and giving back in service to others.
It’s good to help others (and we’re each called to do it). Paul shared in his letter to Titus that your life will be more fruitful if and when you do.
For our people must learn to help all who need their assistance, that their lives will be fruitful.
But, how do you do it? Especially when life seems to get in the way and the demands for your time feel greater than ever before.
This acrostic was shared with me a few years ago and it helps me to be mindful of the small ways that I can serve even when I feel like life is crazy.
- (Be) Sensitive to other people’s needs.
- Encourage others with our words and actions.
- Recognize people’s accomplishments.
- Value our friends and coworkers.
- Enthusiastically offer to help.
It takes patience to be sensitive to a person’s real needs. It takes time to encourage others. It takes humility to recognize and value another person’s accomplishments, and it takes a lot of energy to help someone when you don’t feel like it.
It may take sacrifice to do these things, but many of them require very little time. It simply requires you to be intentional.
Who is one person you can happily serve today?