Scripture: 1 Peter 4:10
Serving Others – A Gift from My Parents Becomes a Lifelong Calling.
By Don Dunning
I was blessed to have parents who set an example for helping others. They were always involved in community service organizations and at our church. Mom was active in fundraising for children’s health causes and held various positions in the school PTA. Dad led fundraising for Boy Scouts in our community for many years. Mom and Dad both served as Teachers, Trustees, Deacons, and Elders in the church where I was baptized and attended for many years. Is there someone in your life who has helped form your faith?
So as a boy, it was no wonder I wanted to be like them. It started in grade school when I asked to be a school crossing guard to help ensure the children walking to school could cross busy roads safely – blocks away from school in all seasons (my picture during a blizzard was on the front page of the KC Star!). Many service projects followed in the years to come – school, community, and church fundraisers. What is your earliest memory of serving others?
As a young adult and father, I became more active at my previous church – building committees, Trustees, and later as an Ordained Elder.
Now I find myself serving with the Helping Hands Construction Ministry, as an Usher, or as a Greeter most every Sunday. I’m also the context lead for our Missions in Puerto Rico. How are you serving others?
I’m not sure when I realized my desire to help others wasn’t just about wanting to be like my parents but was in fact my calling. Perhaps I’m still trying to figure it out – “a work in progress” with ongoing self-reflection.
Our strong mission presence at RezDT is one of the keys to our success in the “heart of the city”. Service to others in our community and throughout the world helps us to be the “faithful stewards of God’s grace” as written in 1 Peter. How can service change the heart of the city and others? How does it change your heart?
We are all blessed with “gifts.” How and when we choose to use them is a matter of love of others and faith in God. There is no right or wrong when serving others.
Wesley’s Challenge Questions for the Week:
- Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
- Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?