Taking the menial and commonplace tasks in our lives and seeing them as opportunities to serve others is perhaps a different way to view serving others. Thinking about how Christ used bowls of water, towels, sandals, and simple meals to impact others to change the Kingdom. As I think of my actions the last few weeks, in seeking out new opportunities to serve, it was a gentle reminder that He will engineer the places I am to minister and to whom. My faith should transcend into the obvious, the mundane and even the simplest of tasks and be used in a way to minister to others with a grateful heart. Perhaps we over think the idea of serving and instead of looking at it as a placement of oneself in an organized ministry, we should be just serving and listening and watching during our daily tasks. I still believe it takes intentional thinking and awareness of the needs of others, but sometimes the opportunities are all around us and we really don't need to search them out. There will always be organized volunteering that needs to take place but during the course of the day I am sure we could encourage, support and even lighten another person's load if we really listened for the heartfelt needs of those in our lives. The person in the cubicle next to you at work, the cashier in the check out at the grocery store, the person at the gym that you see on a regular basis. All people who can be impacted by your choice of actions and words. Oswald shares "We need to watch the kind of people God brings around us, and we will be humiliated to find that this is His way of revealing to you the kind of person you have been to Him. Now, He says, exhibit to that one exactly what I have shown to you." Exhibiting grace, mercy, compassion, kindness and love to those in our daily existence will change how we minister to people
in a larger capacity. You don't step into a big crisis without learning how to navigate and walk alongside people in the smaller areas of life. Humble yourself and perhaps this week start watching for those nudges that are telling you to do some foot washing in your inner circle. I guarantee it will change how you view serving others.