Action as Devotion
If you open your heart to the hungry, and provide abundantly for those who are afflicted, your light will shine in the darkness, and your gloom will be like the noon. (Isaiah 58:10)
This past week, I spent four hours serving food at a fundraiser for the Superior Optimist Club, which provides grants to non-profits serving children and youth as well as scholarships to youth. We served over 550 meals through a drive-through event. It was a steady stream of people which kept me busy, hustling between mashed potatoes and meatballs!
As I was serving, I noticed that I was overflowing with happiness. I was almost giddy with being engaged in serving! This moment affirmed my natural love of service, but also highlighted how during this pandemic, I have spent too much time on “me” and not enough time on “we.” While I have been faithful in tithing, generous in donating, and supportive of ministry – I have been lacking in my “doing.”
God has created me to be engaged in ministry through my hands and my feet. And, I have a feeling that there are quite of few of us out there! Here is an open invitation to find ways to “do” that to honor who God has created you to be, as well as be faithful to our ministry:
Take a walk or hike and bring gloves and a bag to clean up garage on your way.
Organize a drive for food/clothing/diapers for a community non-profit or church organization.
- Take a walk or hike and bring gloves and a bag to clean up garage on your way.
- Organize a drive for food/clothing/diapers for a community non-profit or church organization.
- Work on a community garden project, growing food for a local food pantry or homeless shelter.
- Write thank you cards to veterans who have served in the military and/or are serving.
- Send cards of encouragement to those that are grieving, ill or need some!
- Share with others how God is working in your life through a note, a post or text.
And, as you enter these times of “doing,” remember to give praise and gratitude to God, who makes all things possible.
May God bless our being and doing. Amen.