July 1, 2019
Every Stage of Life | July 1, 2019
As a pastor in the adult discipleship department at church, I have been asking people what spiritual practices (or Wesley calls them “spiritual disciplines”) have helped them to grow deeper in their faiths. Spiritual practices like prayer, Bible study, and serving others often come up. One time, I was teaching one of our older Sunday School classes. When I asked about their spiritual disciplines, many of them told stories that though it was physically difficult for them to spend the night at Room in the Inn or build a Habitat House, they were still always looking for ways to care for each other and their neighbors in other ways. When they served others, they always received more than they could give. I noticed their class announcements revolved around calling homebound classmates that seemed lonely or sending cards to people they knew in the hospital. How great it was to hear them reflect that though life was changing, they were still finding ways to serve God and the people around them.
QUESTIONS FOR THE FIELD
- How can you purposefully serve others in your current stage of life?
- Name a way that someone has served you that has helped you feel and know the love of Christ more fully.
- We can serve God and others no matter our age! What is something you can do to serve someone around you?
Lord, bless the times that we are serving others. May the people we serve know who You are because we are sharing Your love with them. Amen.