There's one important aspect of ministry my husband and I both agree on. We minister to family first, then to others. So, when we are asked to help serve in one form or another, we are careful not to over commit. Even with ministries we are currently involved in, if we begin to neglect our family, then we agree to re-prioritize our commitments.
Are you aware of the ministry opportunities within your home? There are many ways you can serve. Cooking a nice meal for your husband may seem simple, but don't allow the routine nature of the task take away from the value. You are serving your husband! Wouldn't you also put great effort into making a meal for a family in need and call it ministry? Other mundane tasks you do for your family may seem unimportant, but guess what? They are important. You help make your house a home. Nobody in your household has the nurturing, special touch like you do. So, while you may jump at the opportunity to help a local ministry center, don't forget about the impact you have in your household right now.
What about the other unique gifts you bring to your household? How can you use specific gifts to minister to your family? For me, I love to create. Whether it's painting a picture, knitting a hat, or putting sticks together—I love it all. There's just something exciting about transforming a few materials into something beautiful.
How do I use my gift to minister to my family? I have “craft time” with my four-year-old daughter. She must have taken after me when it comes to creativity because she loves to make things as well. She also knows it is our special time together. Just the other day we were putting together a three-dimensional pumpkin out of strips of paper.The craft was simple, but it didn't matter. While we were putting it together, we talked.
My daughter shares more with me when we spend time together. Today she may only share the simple details of life as a four-year-old, but soon our conversations will change. How can I expect her to share with me later if I'm not listening to her now? I must be present and intentional with our interactions now. This is one way I serve my family with my gifts.
What about you? How are you serving your family today? In what areas are you lacking? This week we will be studying about serving within our families. Now, let's jump into the study. Please click here for this week's reading guide. Monday's verse comes from Proverbs 14:1.
“The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.”
As you read this verse, consider these questions:
What is this verse contrasting?
If you are not building your house, what are you doing?
What does it practically mean for you to “build” your house?
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