Tonight I attended the memorial service for my dear friend’s mother. She lost a hard-fought battle with cancer, and praise the Lord, she is now in the arms of her Jesus!
But as I came home, I kept mulling over the testimonies of her life that her family and friends gave, and the one thing that stuck out to me was the stories told about her attitude of service. It was repeated over and over again by each person that stood up and spoke. And it was true. She was the kind of person who never met a stranger – her home was a haven to all and she went out of her way to make everyone feel like family.
Two stories in particular were really challenging to me. Her daughter told a story about a time they were eating in a restaurant and the waitress mentioned how much she liked her mother’s purse. So before the meal was over, her mother got a brown sack, emptied her contents into it, and gave the server her handbag. She told the lady, “It seems like you like it much more than I do.” Now I don’t know about you, but I like my purses, and it has never crossed my mind to just give one away to someone who has complimented me on one!
The second story was even more telling about this precious lady’s heart. The pastor said just two weeks before she passed (and she was already in Hospice care), she called him inquiring about how she could help a family in need in their church. Even on her (literal) death-bed, she was wanting to know how she could be a blessing to others. This lady didn’t just serve others, she served sacrificially. What a Biblical example of service!
Acts 20:35 states, “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
We mothers are usually good at sacrificing for our children. If we have to choose between us getting what we need or our children, it’s a no-brainer. Same thing for our husbands. But do we serve sacrificially outside of our home?
I have to admit, I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot in this area just by making a meal for someone or giving a homeless person on the corner some money every once in a while. Sometimes I send out a card of encouragement. Those things are all well and good, but they certainly didn’t cause any amount of sacrifice on my part.
I wonder what our giving and our service would look like if it really cost us something? Imagine the blessings we could bestow on others – what we could teach our children! What would you be willing to sacrifice?
– would you give up vacation $ to pay for another couple to have a much-needed weekend away?
– would you give up the chance to go to this years home school convention so another mom could go?
– would you not eat out for a month so you could give someone else grocery money?
I just can’t help much imagine what an impact we could have on the world for Jesus if we really loved and served the way the He did. In a way that actually cost us something. What will they remember about you at your funeral?