Today was Serving Saturday for The Church at Avenue South. It also happened to be the day that members of Kairos served the community at the Lexington Garden apartments in Madison, Tennessee.
Serving is good for me because it’s a good way for me to get out of my little world and go where people are way more thankful for a whole lot less than I have. I get reminded that I have much, and as the verse says, “To whom much is given, much is required.”
Perhaps the best gift you can give yourself during this season of Advent and Christmas is to volunteer and serve. I can think of no better way to break out of the narcissistic consumeristic version of Christmas as portrayed on just about every commercial.
It’s a lot easier to be content when you realize just how blessed you are, materially and otherwise. It’s also much harder to complain when you understand that so many people where you live are fighting a daily battle to feed and shelter their families.
When God became Incarnate in Jesus, He chose the poor as the first messengers of His arrival. He chose to be born through a peasant couple. His first missionaries were those raggedy shepherds tending their flocks nearby.
I still believe that God is with the poor and God is with us if we are with them. God’s heart has a special place for the poor in spirit who have no other advocates than those of us who claim to be His followers.
I wonder if instead of buying gifts for those who already have too much stuff, it might be better to give to those in need who can never hope to repay you or even properly thank you for what you’ve done. After all, isn’t that what God in Jesus did for each and every one of us?