You just looked at your “to do list” and it’s a mile long. You’re late for where you’re headed, you haven’t eaten breakfast, the laundry’s piled up waiting to be folded, and then you get a phone call and learn of a friend in need. You also remember the requests that were mentioned in church of hurting people and want to help, but where is there time to be able to minister to others in the busyness of every day life?
Solomon reminds us that there is time for everything…
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: Ecc. 3:1
Perhaps we need to be a little creative so we might make the opportunity to be able to serve others.
One solution would be to find a day or even just part of a day each week that is a little slower than the rest. There has to be at least one – even if it’s on Sunday afternoon. Make that your “ministry day.” It’s not that you can’t minister to people on other days if needed, but make that your time where you really focus on writing cards, making calls or even making a visit. Through the week, keep a list of people that need ministering to, then on that day put your thoughts into action.
You might even use that day to bake some things to put in the freezer for upcoming opportunities to minister. Prepare an extra casserole, batch of cookies or bread so you’ll be prepared to serve others. This will cost you some time, as well as expense, but
Ministry that costs nothing accomplishes nothing. – J.H. Jowett
Stop just wishing you could do something for others and starting planning a day to put your hands busy doing what’s in your heart.
Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
6 thoughts on “A Time to Serve”
What a good idea! Another thought (and sometimes I even remember to do it) is to make a double batch of a main dish I’m making for dinner, with the plan to freeze it for sharing with someone when the need arises.
Oh that is so wise!! Thanks for sharing!
I loved this post, Denise.
Thank you! Isn’t it a blessing to serve the Lord by serving others?!
Thank you for all these ideas. I just returned to Japan. The language is very difficult for me, so communication can be a problem. I’ve been praying for ways that I can be an encouragement to the people here.
You’re welcome! Communication does come in different forms, doesn’t it? I can’t imagine learning Japanese. I’ll pray the Lord opens doors to help you minister!