Serve More, Think Less…

Its so easy to get caught-up in the whirlwind of our imperfect, complicated little worlds. Here I sit, its midnight and my mind is STILL racing trying to figure out if both boys bags are packed for our trip tomorrow…did I change the laundry? Did I get everything prepared for Sunday? Can I find a used computer for our check-in system? I need a haircut…we need more money….I really don’t want to get the dumb oil changed!


Then it hit me…while rewriting our brochure for visitors, spreading the details of our children’s ministry, I wrote the typical “Love God, love people” phrase (why not…all the cool churches are doing it…right? Hence hence Southland and Willow Creek…not to mention Saddleback…).

Yet it is true, isn’t it? Have you visited the verses behind the mission craze?

Matthew 22:34-40:

The Greatest Commandment

 34Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:

 36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'<sup class="footnote" style="font-size: 0.75em; line-height: 0.5em;" value="[b]”>[b]38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'<sup class="footnote" style="font-size: 0.75em; line-height: 0.5em;" value="[c]”>[c40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” 
One of my passions is serving the poor. I’ll be deathly truthful here…I haven’t really served in this area for years. My mind blasts back to mission trips in Mexico, Arizona and Jamaica where kids would come running in every direction, most not wearing shoes, most not aware of their next meal or even where they would sleep that night…but they didn’t care. They knew hope had come and for the next few days they could use us, our little group of adults and teens, as a temporary escape. I liked being that sense of hope…but every time I returned back to my little, chaotic world, for the next few weeks, nothing seemed to matter as much. I was able to stay focused on what was important…simply loving God and loving people. 
As I hold my boys, I can’t shake off the feeling that I’m getting older and they are growing right before my eyes. Life is quick and we are not guaranteed tomorrow. Don’t let the BIG circumstances of your little world lose your focus on the reality that God wants to use you RIGHT NOW…
With that, I’m looking for a serving opportunity to the poor in my community…something OUTSIDE of the security of the church walls. I’m not sure exactly where this will end up, but I feel excited…and I know I’ll be in a much better place than my little world that can totally move on fine without me 🙂 
We will see where this goes….

Bethany is an ICF trained Certified Professional Christian Life Coach (Christian Coach Institute Graduate), Motivational and Inspirational Speaker, mentor to women and an author. Bethany defines herself as a child of God who loves to use her passion for change to inspire others. She has overcome disabilities, wading through the trials and rewards of marriage and motherhood. She enjoys being a wife to Steve for 10 years and mother to three boys (ages 7, 5 and 2). She is a double brain cancer survivor, a 9 year veteran in the field of youth and children's ministry and has published poetry, featured blog posts for numerous ministry websites and children's ministry curriculum contributions. Bethany is currently working on her first book to be released this Fall as well as various freelancing projects. Bethany always welcomes new coaching clients and speaking opportunities!

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