I love being able to see what search words lead people to my blog. I woke up this morning and someone had typed in these words:
“I no longer want to serve in church”
It’s interesting because lately I have been doing quite a bit of thinking about this topic. The above words led the searcher to a post I wrote back in April called, I Don’t Want to Serve Time. I had forgotten about this post so I clicked over and read it again.
I am thankful to the person who typed those words in last night and stumbled onto my blog. Because, it reminded me of why I want to serve others. I don’t want to serve time either. I don’t want church to feel like an obligation. As I typed those words, I pictured one of those time clocks we often swipe when we arrive at our jobs.
We punch in…we do our time…we punch out. Sometimes, I feel like some of us walk into church on Sunday mornings with this feeling in our hearts.We swipe the imaginary time clock on the wall. And, when we leave at the end of the service, we swipe the clock again.
Up until today, I hadn’t been able to put my finger on specific ways I feel the Lord might want me to grow this year. But now I know. This year, I want to be more intentional with my giving, my loving, and my serving. Not just on Sunday mornings…but every single day.
Yesterday, at Walmart, I let a man go ahead me in line. He looked at me like I was crazy. I felt a little crazy for doing it…like perhaps somehow a nicer cloned version of me had temporarily taken over my body. I hate waiting in lines. Let me repeat that, I hate waiting in lines. But, it felt good to do this.
I want to find more ways to inconvenience myself this year. I want to be intentional both with the big things and even the little things like Walmart check out lines.