3. Unlimited Opportunities to Serve

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Matthew 25:35

You have experienced God’s love in your life. Now you are willing to share that feeling of gratitude and abundance with others, so they can feel God’s love also.

So how do you help others to feel God’s love in their lives?

In my experience, TELLING people about God’s love is not enough to allow them to FEEL God’s love.

If you encounter a hungry person, telling them about God’s love will not help them feel God’s love, because they are still hungry. Their lives are still facing an important problem.

When you feed them or help change their lives in some positive way, they are more likely to feel God’s love flow into their hearts.

South Church Vision

If we want to pursue our South Church vision to “boldly embody God’s love” and help it flow throughout our communities and the world, we must focus on how we can create a positive change in the lives of others.

Led by Linda Zimmerman and Emily Strong, Neighbors in Need and Giving Garden are two service opportunities closely linked to South Church that are helping transform people’s lives by providing nutritious meals for those in need.

But the opportunities to help enhance the lives of others can go well beyond just good nutrition; they are limitless.

Our fellow humans are facing homelessness, financial concerns, addictions, loneliness, joblessness, and a host of other security and anxiety issues. These problems can block the flow of God’s love into their lives.

Can you help remove any of these blockages so that God’s love can flow again?

Perhaps you have lived through a serious health problem in your life. You no doubt learned something about that challenge that can be of great value to others who are going through it now. Sharing and caring might be how you can serve.

Perhaps your career gave you skills in the financial area, which would be valuable for those feeling the crush of credit problems. Teaching or advising might be how you serve.

Perhaps you find satisfaction in spending time with the elderly to hear their stories and run their errands. Compassion might be how you serve.

Perhaps you are able to project a future of the world, the environment, or our communities that require action, preparation, or development today. Advocacy might be how you serve.

Perhaps you recognize that childhood development is critical in building healthy and stable adult lives. Nurturing might be how you serve.

And it is not just individuals in need of service. Organizations face problems and challenges that prevent them from carrying out their missions.

According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are about 1.5 million not-for-profit organizations in the United States. Do you have a way to serve any of them?

The needs of the world are limitless. Therefore, the need for service is limitless.

Life is a field of unlimited possibilities.”

Deepak Chopra

The scope of your service does not matter. If you can help improve the life of that elderly neighbor down the street, you will be letting God’s love flow into that life.

If you prefer to start an organization that provides relief to millions of people around the world, you are letting God’s love flow into those lives.

Finding the right “fit” between your skills/talents and the needs of the world will be the focus of Service Central and topic of future blog posts.

What do you think is the right service option for you?

Doug Bate
Service Central