“…whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant… just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” (Matthew 20:26,28)

The word this morning brings to mind a story, a simple story, but one filled with the wisdom of the caring heart of our heavenly Father and a true Christ-like spirit.

There was once a young woman who left the active life of the city to wed a young man and settle down in the suburbs in the beautiful countryside.  It was a small neighborhood with large sprawling lawns, wooded lots and comfortable homes.  Satisfied with where God had brought her the young women and her husband raised a fine family, served their fellowman in many wonderful ways and became a blessing to all those that lived in the close-by and beyond.

As the years slipped by the echo of city life faded, neighbors became good friends and life was good.  Then the day arrived when the city began to grow and mile by mile the tentacles of progress ate away at the countryside.  Soon it came to the quiet neighborhood and skirting around the homes created an asphalt jungle before moving on to further unsuspecting lands.  In the wake of such movement came the ‘litter bugs’ those pesky critters that blow through the streets leaving a covering of useless debris.  Alas the neighborhood bore the signs of unrestricted and disrespecting progress.  It blighted the earth and frustration came knocking at the woman’s door.

Irritation grew in the woman until one day in the prayer room of her heart she cried out to God of the injustice of it all.  Then the answer came saying …. what are you going to do about it?  Quietly light dawned and in her heart the answer came.  Later, when the sun began to shine she donned protective gloves gathered her trash bags and began her ministry of caring and cleaning up the neighborhood.

Who owned the debris?  It didn’t matter.  Whose neighborhood was it?  It belonged to the one who loved it, she had blessed it and had been blessed by it and God placed her in that neighborhood to serve and show how much He cares by showing how much she cared.

Today remember wherever you are, there is a ministry of caring waiting to be found…seek until you find it and follow through!

Further Reading:   Deuteronomy 10:12 ~   1 Samuel 15:22 ~   Luke 10