You know that Sunday feeling, right?

We leave church inspired and filled with Truth and encouragement on Sundays … and somewhere along the course of the week, pieces of the message tend to fade and we often lose that Sunday feeling.

The Monday After {the Sunday Sermon} carries the Sunday message into Monday mornings by sharing how what we’ve heard on Sunday morning is making a difference in our Mondays, our weeks, our lives. Because of your generosity to Accelerate, we are able to share these stories! Thank you!

The Monday After Sunday, September 15, 2013: Fully Devoted: Serving Others, part two

By Dawn Kelley

Meeting needs makes room for meeting Him.

I grew up in a home where my parents were always meeting the needs of others, whether it was monetary, food or a place to stay. My parents were people to be counted on. They met the needs of friends and family members.

I had parents who believed in God but allowed us to come to our own conclusions about God, religion and relationships. I had a great example of what serving others looked like from a world view.

Now, to serve others in Christ, I had no idea what to expect. For the most part I love to serve … until it cuts into my “quiet, I-need-me-time,” which would be anytime I am at home and someone needs a place to stay or just someplace to have a small respite away from the real world. Oh, and when my husband feels led to invite someone over for dinner when they otherwise would have no place else to go. In those times, serving is not as natural; I like to be comfortable in my own home, and I can’t do that then others are invading my space.

I then have to remember that God calls me to serve others not serve my own comfort. The question I ask myself is why is it so hard to serve even though I had a great model of people with a servant’s heart all my life. I watched my parents give and serve and get nothing in return. I have only recently learned about the great number of people they served, and I learned about it from others and not my parents. I would like to say that I am good at serving and I am, but only on my own terms.

I was recently asked to help serve in the kitchen during The Alpha Course. Usually I would do anything except the kitchen; I would volunteer to work with kids before I would volunteer to work in the kitchen. I made it a point to say that it was my least favorite thing to do.

But I did it, and the only way I could do it joyfully was to do it for God. I enjoyed it more than I could have imagined. The next week I returned and couldn’t believe that I longed to work in the kitchen. There was something amazing about preparing food for guests for the glory of God. I felt refreshed; I enjoyed seeing the guest satisfied and fed.

I am realizing that if I open my eyes to the things around me and pay close attention to the needs of people who are crossing my path, there is always going to be a way I can serve them. If I am willing, God will speak into their lives through how I serve them. And I will be able to experience God on a deeper level.

I want to be His hands and feet, and I can do that by serving the people He loves and holds dear.

Dawn Kelley is the wife of Andrew and the homeschooling mother of four, Jaden, Niya, Makayla and Aiden. She loves to read and write in her spare time, and she currently uses a personal blog to share her adventures in motherhood and womanhood.

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