I would like to assume that everyone would like to make a difference in this world. Under this assumption, some people are more proactive than others in making this happen. Just because someone isn’t actively engaging in serving doesn’t mean they are not interested; maybe they haven’t been encouraged to do so. Thus, came the idea for this post. Daniel and I love to take part in serving opportunities. Whether we feel like we serve enough is for a different post. We like to spend time away from our routine and comfort zones to serve others and our community, whether it be mentoring, building houses in Mexico, or helping with set-up at a church event. The opportunities fill our hearts with joy, we learn more about others and their stories, and are reminded of how blessed we are. Recently, it has come to our attention that although it’s great that we partake in serving opportunities, it’s also great to encourage our friends to come along side us and share in the joy. Or, in some cases, take our place when we can’t be present. So for example, when I was gift wrapping presents at the mall during Christmas, I invited a handful of my friends to join me. This was a great way for me to reconnect with my friends, but most importantly, provide them the opportunity to serve with me. For some, it’s the first time they are serving others, which is powerful because the opportunity (assuming it’s positive), develops a side of them that may exist, but hasn’t had a safe forum to manifest. And further, you may be encouraging them to “grow into themselves” as they learn more themselves and how they want to use their gifts, skills, and heart to serve others. What a blessing!
Do you have a story to share of when you encouraged others to serve along side you? Or, did someone do that for you?