“Pay it forward.”
“Random acts of kindness.”
Expressions which describe helping others.
Chapter 5 of God Speaks Your Love Language is about acting in service to others.
You have to know, you will be swimming against the stream on this one. Today we have many, many people who have much more than they need and they are keeping it all. They don’t want to share either their money or their time to help others.
What can change this selfish society?
You have to take action yourself.
I am not going to give you the details. That would defeat the purpose. I find that my life as a believer is extremely interesting. You know acts of service is not a high score on my profile and that’s ok. We can’t score high on every love language.
Here’s the story.
I was mowing my 1 acre front yard the other day when a man and a woman were walking down the street. I knew them and I stopped the lawnmower to say hello. They are not usual walkers. I exchanged pleasantries for a few minutes and I said to the couple in parting “let me know if there is anything you need for me to do.” The husband has a challenging health condition.
Nine times out of ten the other person will say “thanks, but we are doing ok.”
I am writing this week about Acts of Service. I should know that God will give me a job to do.
Here it comes.
The woman asked me to help her with her house. I knew what to do and it was not an all day job. I have done work like this before, so I said “sure, I can do that. You don’t have to worry. I will take care of that problem.”
They walked on and I got back on the lawnmower.
I stated thanking about this exchange.
I wondered why God gave me another job to do on such a busy week. I am on jury duty, I have to teach a class at church and I have 5 or 6 projects going on at my house. Yet God gives me another job to do.
This was an act of service.
What was He trying to teach me?
I could not get to it the next day or two but I finally saw a time when I could do it. I acted. It took a couple of hours and I had to do something that some people cannot do very well. I had to get up high on a ladder and many people my age are afraid to do that. I have little fear of heights and I don’t weigh that much so it was no problem. The job turned out looking good and I was pleased.
It felt good.
What really made it feel good is that the person requesting the service did not know I did it. Maybe she will see it one day; maybe not.
It doesn’t matter.
I just helped this person.
How to change a selfish society?
Look around. Listen to the situations of others. Offer help. Be ready to act if you are asked to help.
People need help.
God will send you someone who needs you.
When He gives you a job to do, just do it.
You will be glad you did.