I have had a very busy week. I just finished 28 parent conferences at my school where I am the Director. With 28 conferences going over academic data, behavioral data, inclusion data, the list goes on and on. I love meeting with fellow parents and reviewing how the last 2 months have been and where we will be going, but after almost 4 days straight, my brain gets tired. I am also over nearly 20 employees getting them the support they need to work with our students with unique needs. I get home each night to dishes, laundry, bills, working with my son on his homework and independent skills, and then making time for my husband and me to connect.
Whew! Just writing this all down is making me feel overwhelmed again. This is my life. I love my life, but I am always working on balancing it better.
I went to church just recently and was reminded how God wants us to serve. I always feel at my current job of being a special needs school director that I am serving there. But I think he wants us to serve more than beyond our job that we are paid for. I think he wants us to give our time and talents to further His kingdom.
We are all gifted to serve. We are all commanded to serve. When you serve others it brings you joy and makes you think outside of yourself. Are you serving in any area? In Philippians 2:3-4 it says: Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. What is your attitude in serving others? Do you say, “I don’t really have time for that” or maybe “I’m not really good at that”? God doesn’t call us to be served but to serve.
We as parents or grandparents of children or adults with unique needs can have a whole lot on our plates each day. We have many doctors appointments, bills that go with that, schedules to keep, caring for them physically, and even behaviorally helping them. It can be exhausting to try and “fit” in service. But service can come in many ways: making a meal for someone, serving coffee at your church, being a Sunday School teacher, helping someone do their taxes. The list goes on and on. Service is doing something for someone else and not expecting anything in return.
When I serve someone else everything I am worrying about like saying “poor me” gets washed away. When you look and help others God gives us a great perspective and focus: To focus on Him, not us.
I hope this brings you encouragement and makes you think: Am I serving and am I letting God use my great talents or gifts to help serve others?
I Peter 4:10
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.