One of the greatest gifts you can give to your children is the heart to serve others.
“’And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other’s feet. 15 I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.’” (John 13:14, 15)
Yesterday I went down to our local Monterey County Food Bank to volunteer there. What I found was a group of dedicated people who have the desire to serve the needs of those in their community.
My heart was moved as I sorted cans and dry goods with my fellow volunteers and paid employees. I was blessed by the compassion of these people even though their lives weren’t easy.
One young lady had a two year old at home and was working two other jobs, but felt that she wanted to volunteer to help others. I encouraged her to keep looking for the medical assistant job she was trained for.
Another man was a mechanic and carpenter, but had lost his business and had been laid off from his last job. We had a wonderful conversation about Jesus and afterwards he told me he was so encouraged.
I realized that I was there not only to serve those in need of food, but my fellow travelers who are just in need of encouragement.
Read this verse together and ask your children if they know of opportunities for serving. God wants to teach us so much about his heart through serving. No wonder Jesus told us to serve.
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