At family worship yesterday morning (I join the Es when I'm with them) the subject of hospitality and Christian service came up, not only doing it, but how it needs to come from the heart, we can't give but do it with a grudging attitude and still please the Lord. .....That got me thinking, not about the big important jobs that everyone sees and we get noticed and appreciated for doing, but the little stuff. The things that nobody really wants to do, or maybe even notices unless if it doesn't get done. The stuff that everyone thinks somebody else can do it. Or the jobs that take us out of our comfort zone, something we would really rather not have to do.
The thing is I've found in these situations that when I do try to help to the best of my ability that the Lord is there to help. He doesn't leave us! It's also so encouraging to remember that when I'm struggling that He is praying for me. And when I say try, I don't just mean physically doing the work, but squelching mental complaints, and not allowing self pity. Another helpful thing piece of advice I've received especially for when I'm doing something for someone who may have hurt me and I don't particularly want to be helping them is to be mentally doing the job for Jesus. Washing Jesus' dishes, or emptying his trash.....and the list could go on. You get the idea. Don't think I've perfectly achieved this, I'm talking at myself here. But just to clarify, most of the time I am glad to help where I can - I'm thankful for the opportunities of service that the Lord has given me. It's good to be useful and in a small way helping build his kingdom. This post was not so much about every day work, but the times where we would rather be anywhere else......
I love this section from Hind's feet On High Places that I shared below - it's encouraging!
"I must tell you a great truth, Much-Afraid, which only a few understand. All the fairest beauties in the human soul, its greatest victories and achievement are those which no one knows about...every conquest over self-love is a new flower on the tree of love.....Many a quiet, ordinary, and hidden life, unknown to the world is a veritable garden in which love's flowers and fruits have become a place where the King himself walks and rejoices. Some of my servants have indeed won great visible victories and are rightly loved and reverenced by other men, but always their greatest victories are like the wild flowers, those which no one knows about.... they offer themselves so willingly, sweetly and confidently, even if it seems there is no one to appreciate them.... Learn this lesson now, down here in the valley, Much-Afraid, and when you get to the steep places of the mountains it will comfort you."
Hinds Feet On High Places