“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them” Hebrews 6:10
For the past few years, I have prayed about a word for the following year (you can read about those in my previous blog posts). As I asked God to show me what the word for this year would be, the word SERVE stood out. For a moment I thought, “That can’t be right, all my previous ‘words for the year’ were nouns, but this is a verb; an action.”
Then, I got excited.
Does this mean that God believes that I have healed enough to put myself back out there? Am I going to be able to pour myself into ministry and serving the community again? It looks like the answer is, YES!
In the past few years, God has broken me down to rebuild my life up with a firm foundation in Him (deconstruction 2018), then He restored me (restoration 2019), and in 2020, He fulfilled my life (Fulfillment 2020). Now that God has put me back together the way he intended, I can do what I was created to do, serve.
What does it mean to serve? Serving is dedicating your time to helping others live a better life while developing higher standards for themselves. It is a commitment to helping those who are lost and struggling through life. It is to bring encouragement and inspiration to those who are suffering.
Serving is biblical in nature and the Bible is full of scripture to support it: “Love your neighbor as yourself”, “The greatest among you will be your servant”, “Give and it will be given to you”, “Share with God’s people who are in need…show hospitality”, and “Support the weak…it is more blessed to give than to receive” are all examples of God’s desire for us to serve one another. I could go on, but if I were to quote all the instances of service in our Bible, I would basically be rewriting half of it!
Science has shown that volunteering and serving release endorphins. It is good for our own mental health and well-being to help others. We were designed to do this! Every single one of us was created with a purpose. This purpose is to benefit humanity as a whole and inspire future generations to live a life worth living. God designed each of us intentionally for the destiny He has given us. We are not carbon copies being shipped out of a factory. We have been hand crafted with the hope that we would use our talents for serving. In other words, serving one another is our purpose. How we are to serve, was predestined by Him.
With that said, I am excited. I am so excited to see what this next year brings. I believe this year is going to pose a lot more pressing like 2020. But what happens to grapes after they are pressed? They start turning into new wine. This is only a season. Seasons are how we grow personally and as a society. I am looking forward to continued growth and serving those around me in this next year.