Love your neighbor.

Relational Serving

06-19-2014

It has been quite a while since I wrote anything here. It has not been for lack of time or want but more for the lack of having anything really profound to say to you. I usually cannot come up with anything that I think is worthwhile so I assume you would also feel the same. We have been busy this year but I go to bed each night in sadness wanting to do more and more, I would do a project a day if I could. Last week we took our mower and weed trimmer to a country home and helped out a "young" man of 89 and his "lovely bride" get caught up on their weeds. We were able to start his weed eater for him in hopes that it would be easier for him the next time--we had a great time and didn't want to leave--we will return and help again. NeighborLink volunteers have washed windows, cleaned up yards by weeding flower beds and more, mowed and cleared brush. We have replanted flowers and found meals for a gentleman without food in his home. We have sealed up a home porch and supplied paint to that family to finish off the job. But more important than all the projects or work that we have done is the relationships we have started to build, the friendships that we have formed and that is really what this is all about. Yes, it is great to help others and it is important work, it is HIS work and we must do it. But the relationships that are formed will last forever, when the last board is painted and the yard is clean, the people are still there to be remembered. It is getting your foot in the door not to preach to them but to be their friend and eventually, letting them see Christ at work through you, His servant, that is when the work begins---in their hearts. What a great testament to Him when we shine His light to others while helping them through life. Isn't it great that we have the opportunity to be of service, to be the hands and feet of Christ? If you haven't served in some time, consider doing one of the projects available on the site and I can assure you, you will be more blessed than those that you helped, God is good that way. Happy Serving!