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ENTRUSTED TO GOD

I cannot fathom the depth of Your love for me
You’ve always been here, watching over me
You have a plan for me
Even though I’m not sure what it is

Lord, lead me
I am ready to surrender all of myself
Even though I’m weak to follow through
And vulnerable to blows from the enemy
But You strengthen me through Your Word
And Your Spirit dwelling within me

Show me Lord where You want me to serve
Open my eyes to those in need
Let me not discriminate
Bury my arrogance that surfaces at times
A blessing abodes in the humble soul
Help me revamp my priorities
Give me the gift to think first of others
And to not shy away
Help me grow wings as a butterfly
To flutter from person to person
Engaging their beauty
To dance with Your heart
I’ll speak of Jesus’ love
Our only sanctuary when the storm blows in

Hearts connected to Jesus cannot deceive
But speak truth to all
The truth that saves
Let me speak truth
As part of my misssion

CULTIVATING HIS GIFT

For unto us
The Christ Child is born
His peace and love
Enter our hearts
Christ comes not
Just once a year
But every day
Our hearts can accommodate
His love
A miracle of divine origin
Transforming our hearts
Softening hard feelings
And melting hate
Originating acts of kindness
Propelling us
To go out of our way
To serve those less fortunate

His love
Now our constant companion
Not easily uprooted
From our hearts
A new life
Protected by
Our loving maintenance
Of His gift
By our humble acceptance
He is our Creator
Due all attention,
Honor, and worship

TRANSFORMED

I pray for humility
Not often sought
On embarking on a journey
To serve and to be taught
Taught by the Lord
Through relationships formed
Gifts from the Lord
I fear, yet rejoice in

How often have I failed
Relinquished yet retained
A sense of self
Where pride remains
Too often have I gained
No truth at all
When turning from the Lord
To set my own course

But as I’m transformed
While answering His call
I can’t but think
His grace saves all

GETTING THERE

What do you do when your life’s aspirations are gone? Some withdraw to self pity. Others seek to destroy, through drugs and alcohol, the valuable attributes they hold and dearly cherished while in pursuit of great things. But is a great accomplishment or a high status job the treasure we should be seeking? Is not there a nobler reason for living, a more satisfying path to ponder following?

Yes, we all want to attain to our best. But are we looking toward the wrong endeavors to establish our goals in the first place? Material goals are fine. But without a higher, spiritual goal, the fruits of our material goals cannot be put to honorable use.

Say, for example, one receives a masters degree and advances to the next level of management within the company. With this prestigious position comes the responsibility of allocating funds for donations to causes within the community. The prevailing thought may be to give to causes that will in turn glorify the giver, broadcasting the company name or CEO’s name far and wide, perhaps naming a building addition after the benefactor.

Could not one, instead, arrange for multiple smaller donations to struggling, deserving non-profits, without a huge display of the company name. Perhaps a food bank’s supplies need boosting. Or Christians at a local church need funds for transportation to do mission work in a foreign country building a simple church building to accommodate a new group of believers.

In our work, service rather than recognition should be the motivating factor. In our families, encouragement and love should prevail. When these are our guiding forces we don’t need to spend our lives aspiring to greatness; we’ve already attained greatness in the Kingdom of God.

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