We just finished up with our second Meals of Grace with Cooperative Community Ministry in Thomasville and all I can say is ‘WOW!’ To see the serving hearts of these people that volunteer to help with it is an amazing experience. To see the good in people in a world full of ugly. It is a great reminder of what we are called to do and that is to serve. Not only serve but expecting nothing in return. They showed up and served out of the love of their hearts only. Galatians 5:13 tells us:
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Seeing all the children that came out to serve with their families brought up the verse Proverbs 22:6:
Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.
What a better way to set an example then to have them join in! They were so excited to share in this ministry and it truly demonstrated the kind of heart that we as adults need to allow to flourish in ourselves. Matthew 18:2-4 Jesus is using the children that are all around to teach us adults a lesson in serving.
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
If you have had just a little interaction with young children you know that it doesn’t take much for them to believe. They either act on that belief or rest in that belief. Whether it be the trust they have in their parents to feed them, clothe them, or provide for them, they trust in what their parents tell them and they act upon that trust. My daughter knows that if throws herself on the ground screaming in a store something unpleasant is going to follow. She also knows that breakfast, lunch, dinner, and whenever she is hungry, she will have something to eat. She doesn’t sit up at night wondering if she is going to have food in the morning but rests in the trust that her parents will provide. Grant it, there are cases that parents have not allowed their child to rest in that trust but thankfully we have a fully reliable Father who won’t fail us. We have been set free from the slavery of doubt because of how faithful our Father is. Isn’t it about time we allow ourselves to have the faith of a child? Isn’t it about time we use the freedom of this faith to serve others and show them the freedom from doubt that we have? Isn’t it about time that we allow ourselves to be His hands and feet with joyful love and humility?
If you would like to volunteer at the Cooperative Community Ministry in Thomasville, they have so many areas to serve. Just go to www.ccmtville.com and they will be happy to let you know where you can plug in. Or be on the lookout on the Women of Impact Facebook page for our next Meals of Grace.