Veteran’s Day is coming up and it is a day in America that we show appreciation for those who willingly chose to make their vocation to serve our nation through her armed forces. It’s a powerful word, serve.
Merriam-Webster’s definition 1a is “to be a servant.” I am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution with my mom because she introduced me to the organization. What caught my attention was that this organization was celebrating 125 years of service to others this year. I knew that was something I wanted to be a part of, because serving is in my dna. 😄😇❤️
What is even more amazing than 125 years is 2,000+ years ago, the Son of God came to serve. I have a 9 & a 4 year old, so we read Children’s Bibles a lot at our house. And you know something? I like them. They make it easy to understand. Sometimes we adults like our words and can miss the point. I like Matthew 20:25-38 from The International Children’s Bible Version:
25 Jesus called all the followers together. He said, “You know that the rulers of the non-Jewish people love to show their power over the people. And their important leaders love to use all their authority. 26 But it should not be that way among you. If one of you wants to become great, then he must serve the rest of you like a servant. 27 If one of you wants to become first, then he must serve the rest of you like a slave. 28 So it is with the Son of Man. The Son of Man did not come for other people to serve him. He came to serve others. The Son of Man came to give his life to save many people.”
Sometimes, the best way to stop focusing on ourselves and our own problems is to help someone else with their burdens. Encourage someone by complimenting their outfit if you like it. Smile and thank someone if they hold the door for you and look them in the eye. Strike up the conversation you’ve been waiting to have. Text that old friend you have been meaning to for months. Reach out and visit a family member that you have not seen in years. Visit a Veteran’s Day parade and thank someone for their time and their service. But when you do all or any of these things, make sure you remember to listen.
There’s a story behind every face, if we’ll take time to listen. Sometimes you are meant to be there for a divine appointment that only you can fill. You may be just the person God uses to speak words of life and encouragement that someone has been longing to hear. You just never know. So get uncomfortable and speak up and out. You never know who you might miss if you don’t.
Serving where God calls you personally will bring you such great joy, you will truly know the meaning of a cup running over. For some it is strictly at their church and home, for others it may be a mission field! It is uniquely designed for who we are and what we are meant to do. There are so many callings that God has for us and it is exciting to be able to discover them all! Whether it is wife, mother, dad, missionary, uncle, sister, C.E.O., teacher, accountant, student, minister, volunteer, mentor, Bill Gates, or Oprah Winfrey; you have the choice to become who you were created to be. And that is pretty cool.
I am a huge advocate of finding a passion or cause and donating time to it. Your local churches and schools are always looking for people to help out with anything from making copies to much more and there are so many youth out there that could use positive role models in their lives!! If you are interested in browsing volunteer opportunities, I have listed some links below that are great for matching skills and time, especially for mentoring. Which is a whole other article. 😄
Thank you to all the Veterans, past and present for your courage and your service.