Every once and a while you learn something new. That happened for me on Thanksgiving. My family and another family planned a thanksgiving gathering for the needy in the area. We probably passed out over 800 tickets. Only 40 people showed up. To say that this was not what we were expecting is an understatement. We had over 150 volunteers sign up, $1000 donated, and 27 turkeys cooked and pulled. Like any good event, we improvised and took the food to the city and fed about 200 more people there. The real lesson was not in how many people didn’t show up, it was in how many people showed up to serve.
People are eager to serve. I witnessed that with my own eyes. People are looking for a chance to serve and help. So much so that they will give up their thanksgiving day to help people they do not even know. I just wonder why it took me so long to realize this? On a day that we are giving thanks I was reminded of the thankful heart of serving one another with the love of Christ.
One question for you that I think is important to discuss and dialogue about…
If serving is a desire of our heart, what keeps people (us included) from serving?