He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” — Luke 10: 27
On a recent trip to northern Georgia, I ate at a deli that was giving away car magnets that say, “Serve with love.” I took one because I really liked the sentiment, but it made me think about how one does that exactly. Borrowing some wisdom from writer Abbie Thiebaut, I came up with an acronym that might help: CARE.
C stands for caring even when it costs you something. It might mean giving money to those people at the interstate exit ramps with their pitiful cardboard signs, or it might be letting the mess and to-do list go for now and giving someone your full attention.
A stands for allowing yourself to be served. When we allow ourselves to be influenced and changed by the people we seek to serve, we create avenues for mutual respect.
R stands for recognizing that you might not be the whole solution. You may only be a small part of a grander plan, and that’s ok. The Good Samaritan took the injured man to an inn and paid for his care. He didn’t stay to see him get back on his feet.
E reminds us to serve with our ears as well as our hands. We should honor the people we serve by taking the time to listen to them and look them in the eye.
Father God, help us to see and respond to all the opportunities you provide us to serve with love. Amen!
Offered by Carol Madere
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