“He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
From beginning to end, this exercise is all about actually DOING deeds of service for others. Each day of the exercise you will receive a text that gives you a challenging thought about service and a reminder for you to intentionally find ways to serve the people you encounter.
So, what does “service” look like? That’s definitely something we’ll look at throughout the exercise, but serving others is as simple as doing something for someone else that you are not required to do. Here are some examples:
Holding the door open for people
Cleaning up other people’s trash (like in the cafeteria or where people don’t clean up after themselves)
Yardwork - rack someone’s leaves, offer to mow their grass, etc.
Chores - Even though it’s your brother’s turn to take out the trash, why don’t you do it instead?
Listening - There are some people (you know who I’m talking about) who are always ignored by everyone. Spend some time talking with that person.
What other ideas can you think of?
Why do we serve? I can think of three reasons of the top of my head:
Jesus was a servant - Jesus came to serve, not be served. He constantly was helping other people.
Serving points people to Jesus - Being selfless is unexpected in our world. When we serve we have the opportunity to demonstrate what Jesus is like and what it means to be his follower.
It’s good for YOU - Anytime we take our focus off ourselves and onto the needs of others we grow compassion. Thinking about others more than ourselves is vital to growing in your faith.
Summary: Every day for the next two weeks, look for opportunities to do something for someone else that you are not required to do. Then, do it.