Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How do we Serve?

Posted by Tracy Wainwright at 12:37 PM
The third verse we’re using as we all (yes, all, even me) learn to serve the members of our family better is 1 Peter 4:10.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. “
Serving our family doesn’t make us robots, or all the same. It doesn’t negate our uniqueness. No, it utilizes our uniqueness. We all have special gifts and we use those gifts to serve and help others. While this concept is in its infancy stage, it’s important. The first verse answered the question “what.” What are we to do in response to God’s love and forgiveness? We are to serve.
This verse answers the question “how.” How are we supposed to serve? Using the unique gifts, talents, abilities, and personalities God gave us. I’m not going to ask my two-year-old to be in charge of vacuuming the house. I’m going to put her in charge of the shoe basket. Not only is it a task I know she’s capable of, but she also loves shoes and is the one most prone to put on any given shoe, walk around the house, and leave it wherever she stops. Therefore, the shoe basket is perfect for her.
That doesn’t mean that each task should fit perfectly to one’s likes and preferences. What if no one likes cleaning the toilet? It would never get done (which is close to happening in my house.) Thankfully, my aversion to germs and dirtiness overcomes my dislike of scrubbing toilets and it does get done once in a while. Likewise, my children are and will continue to be assigned tasks they may not like. The task will still be according to their gifts, however. They may have the gift of needing to learn a certain task or a characteristic such as perseverance or humility.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How do we Serve?

The third verse we’re using as we all (yes, all, even me) learn to serve the members of our family better is 1 Peter 4:10.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. “
Serving our family doesn’t make us robots, or all the same. It doesn’t negate our uniqueness. No, it utilizes our uniqueness. We all have special gifts and we use those gifts to serve and help others. While this concept is in its infancy stage, it’s important. The first verse answered the question “what.” What are we to do in response to God’s love and forgiveness? We are to serve.
This verse answers the question “how.” How are we supposed to serve? Using the unique gifts, talents, abilities, and personalities God gave us. I’m not going to ask my two-year-old to be in charge of vacuuming the house. I’m going to put her in charge of the shoe basket. Not only is it a task I know she’s capable of, but she also loves shoes and is the one most prone to put on any given shoe, walk around the house, and leave it wherever she stops. Therefore, the shoe basket is perfect for her.
That doesn’t mean that each task should fit perfectly to one’s likes and preferences. What if no one likes cleaning the toilet? It would never get done (which is close to happening in my house.) Thankfully, my aversion to germs and dirtiness overcomes my dislike of scrubbing toilets and it does get done once in a while. Likewise, my children are and will continue to be assigned tasks they may not like. The task will still be according to their gifts, however. They may have the gift of needing to learn a certain task or a characteristic such as perseverance or humility.

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