Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Jesus was a Servant (and you must be, too)

Good morning. Dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it!  Already we can feel the air cooling down as the cold front gradually moves through, but nothing like the deep South which is still snow covered. Schools are still out in TN and I think the snow on the ground will last a few more days.

We only got a sprinkle of rain yesterday, but the clouds looked so threatening, I thought we would get a really hard shower. I had such an unexpected surprise yesterday! Terry called while I was on my way home from shopping, and wanted to know if he and his wife could take me to lunch. Well, I try never to turn down an invitation to eat, so after I got home we went to Red Lobster and I ordered the lobster pizza, since I didn't get my pizza the day before. God is good!

Then, afterwards, Terry drove through Sawgrass Park, to look over the not-so-good changes, since he used to be superintendent there before retiring. Even though the article in the Sunday paper was mostly positive, the truth is, most of the landscaping was ripped out because of maintenance , such as the low hedge around the house and entrance . Well, it is still a nice retreat for those looking for exercise, or a place to walk their dogs.

Another surprise was a box of Honeybells that arrived from my niece, Kim. She had ordered them for a Christmas gift, knowing that they are not ready until January. So, I had a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice with breakfast this morning. God is good!

From the little devotional book Knowing God:

Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God-my God- will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.
1 Chronicles 28:20 NKJV
If you want to know God, you should do your best to imitate His Son. How? One way you can do it is by being a humble servant, just like Jesus was.

You live in a world that glorifies power, prestige, fame, and money. But the words of Jesus teach us that the most esteemed men and women are not the widely acclaimed leaders of society; the most esteemed among us are the humble servants of society.

So here's your choice; you can serve yourself (and follow the ways of the world) or you can serve your friends and neighbors (and follow Jesus.) If you really want to know the Father and the Son, you must choose the latter.

                    -GREAT THOUGHTS-
There are times when we are called to love, expecting nothing in return. There are times when we are called to give money to people who will never say thanks, to forgive those who won't forgive us, to come early and stay late when no one else notices.
                                              Max Lucado
                                       -Today's Prayer-
Dear Lord, let me help others in every way that I can. Jesus served others; I can too. I will serve other people with my good deeds and with my prayers. and I will give thanks for everybody who helps me. Amen

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs, Amaryllis