5 Everyday Ways To Serve:- Do one hard thing a day. I know I sounded like an underachiever when I wrote that earlier, but it’s an important way to mindfully serve. There’s almost always something we need to do that we put off, avoid, minimize, or act like Scarlet O’Hara by thinking, “Tomorrow is another day.” I am not talking about your taxes. Call an old friend, visit a lonely neighbor, or read an extra bedtime story even though you would rather boil Froggy than read one more book about him. Tomorrow is another day, until it’s not. - Pray. You don’t have to fast or kneel on a concrete floor for hours. Just integrate it into your day. Talk to God while you drive, brush your teeth, or cook supper. Tell him a genuine struggle. You may be surprised how much better you feel. - Apologize. Forgiveness is a work of mercy, and it is work, no doubt. But we are called to do it. Rarely is there something to forgive that we can’t take some responsibility for. Apologize and accept someone else’s apology. - Gratitude. There’s so much we take for granted. By doing so, we forsake the satisfaction of our blessings. Pause and be thankful. - Stop rushing. One of the things I love about Jesus is he never seemed to hurry when he talked to people. He made everyone feel special. I love to think of what that was like for the people he encountered. They had his undivided attention. Even though we can’t see him, we do, too. What a gift it would be to make others feel this way. While I want to continue with this list, I already did my one hard thing today. So I am going to rest. Resting is good, too. Remember, God rested on the seventh day. I like to think he was the original everyman. I wonder what his theme song would have been.
What would you add to this list? Do you have any suggestions of easy ways to serve right where you are?
Copyright 2018 Lara Patangan
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Lara Patangan is a freelance writer and mother of two boys. She believes the merits of mercy are among our greatest gifts as Christians. Her first book about works of mercy will be published in the spring by Our Sunday Visitor. Please visit MercyMatters.net to join this community that believes in the power of mercy to change the world.