Serving people is almost always inconvenient.
So often I don’t feel like making the effort, giving the time, or dishing out the dollars. Even when I know I “should”.
But inevitably, when I’m able to get over myself and move beyond my feelings I begin to serve and my feelings almost always change.
Recently I was given the opportunity to do something that would require a big effort, a big sacrifice of time, and a huge inconvenience in terms of scheduling.
Believing it was the right thing to do, I said yes.
And now, having done the “thing” I’m so, so, so glad I did.
Yes, there was some sacrifice involved. Yes, it meant adjusting a whole bunch of life to make it work. Yes, it would have been much easier to just say no.
But if I had said no I would’ve missed out on an incredible blessing – the blessing of giving.
Jesus said it’s better to give than to receive. it wasn’t just some good idea when he threw it out there. It was (is) truth. And I can testify to that.
I’m amazed at what I’ve received simply by choosing to give.
Sometimes the giving is difficult at first, but always as I’ve chosen to give (serve) my sentiments have changed mid-stream.
The giving becomes “easy” in that it flows.
And as you pour out, you’re also filled. (A very strange paradox.)
The surest way to be filled up is actually to give first. After all, if you’re already full, what room is there for more?
Q for you: Do you ever feel like serving is inconvenient? Have you experienced that feeling changing as you’ve stepped into it regardless?
p.s. By the way, I think if you give/serve in order to receive something in return… you’ve missed the point and your selfishness can hinder the blessing. The point here is that receiving is a beautiful byproduct of the giving.
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