Serving Others

1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received  to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

“Serving others” is the answer to life’s great mystery wrapped up into two words.

Others may not agree with me, but it is the only action that has always brought me joy no matter the circumstances.

I have always believed that it is one of the great opportunities that God has offered us.

1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

I recognize that not everyone believes in a “god,” but I have a hard time finding people who disagree that serving others is a good thing.

During my recent trip to Romania, we had the privilege of visiting the largest and best pediatric rehabilitation center in Bucharest. There is no other facility like it in the country so families travel miles to have their children admitted. It also so happens the director is a recently baptized Christian.

She welcomes churches to come and visit and share their joy with the families. For those who don’t live in Bucharest, admitting your child can be very difficult. Some families live hundreds of miles away. They still have to work in order to make a living. Therefore it is a requirement of the hospital that they are on a 5-2 schedule. At least one parent every five weeks has to spend two weeks with their child. Not only to visit their child, but to also be trained on how to care for their child long term.

When our group visited, some kids had their parents there, while others did not. What joy we saw on their faces when they saw us. Pastor Modan, my contact in Romania, always brings a small bag of toys when visiting. Although the kids are excited about the toys, they are more excited to have visitors.

One girl we visited lit up like a Christmas tree when she saw us. She had cerebral palsy and it was difficult for her to control her body and face us. But her beautiful, radiant smile was infectious and would melt away all your worries in life. Not only did we serve her, but her mother was there, too. Her mother now knows that while she is away, there are others aside from the staff who care and love her daughter.

On the opposite spectrum, a little boy who was facing the reality that he would be confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life had mixed emotions. One minute he would be excited to show us how fast he could push himself in his wheelchair. The next minute he would be on the brink of tears and in deep despair that he will never walk. We sat and talked with him and his grandmother, listened to their story, and prayed with them.

For an hour of my Saturday afternoon, I was thoroughly blessed. Serving these families, sitting and playing with them, listening to their stories; it reminded me that we were built to serve others.

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