I have just returned from another funeral and I caught myself saying once again to the family, “If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.” As well-intentioned as these words are, the offer will probably never be taken.
We find it very hard to allow others to serve us. Our stubbornness says, “I can handle it on my own.” May I suggest that you model this by making an effort to allow others to serve you when you are in need as you also look for creative ways that you can serve others.
Perhaps find something you can do for others and do it. In the example regarding the funeral, polish the children’s shoes; mow the grass before family arrives; clean the house; don’t take more food, but instead take them the disposable plates, cups, and utensils needed to enjoy the food others give. Share the comfort and joy that we have through faith in Christ Jesus.
The Time is NOW to look for opportunities like this in which to serve.
Pastor John Heckman