Not that I don't like pink, I actually do but that is my daughter's "signature" color and all I can think of is her and how much I hope she and all the other teens are getting out of this short week of serving others. I know she is having fun, I hope she is really getting a heart education this week. I want her to come home truly knowing what serving others is.
I am thankful that 3 of my kids have gone on this trip. What a great thing to concentrate on this summer. We have already known the encouraging side and hardship it can sometimes be to serve others with a good heart and attitude.
We experienced a flood in our area several years back.. Our town was one of the harder hit areas, when you come from a town that has a population of 1000, and 1/8 of it is under water, it is traumatic to say the least. The first day or two was so simple to jump right in and pull items from the water, organize meals, sort clothing donations. But.... day 15, 20, 42 it became harder and harder to make meals to deliver to the fire department, sort clothing and help people find items of need. Although rewarding, it is hard to put your own needs, wants and interests aside and continue to help. Scrubbing another person's walls, floors and doing laundry for people you don't know seems frustrating and exhausting at times.
Then I think of how Christ would want me to respond and how I needed to encourage our family to continue in the work without complaint or bad attitude.
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13ESV