Wednesday, May 27, 2009

A Spirit of Service

So, today was day 3 of working on Charles and Judy's house. (I worked with a nail gun...yay! I should have my own show on HGTV or TLC or something.) Yet, today felt different from Monday and Tuesday. I found myself getting very tired easily and at times feeling like I wanted to give up, honestly. However, I think one of the biggest lessons I'm either reviewing or relearning is maintaining an attitude of service. Simply doing the action of putting up crown molding when asked is fine, but doing it with a positive attitude and an understanding that what we're doing is critical for their ministry is even better and even more important.

My memory verse for today comes from Jude 20-21 (NLT):

"But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love."

This verse above is a part of service, although it doesn't speak on it directly. Building others up, is exactly what we're doing here in New Orleans: one another, the leaders in the Carpenter's House Ministry, the neighborhood, etc." Some key words we've been using are: patience, humility, faith, etc. All of these are major themes of the trip and all are being tested. Yet, ultimately that's a good thing. I'm excited to see what the rest of the week will bring. I do plan to post something a little more substantial soon. We're about to go feed some homeless people and I can't wait.


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