We can serve others well when we actively decide to take on the role of a servant.
This seems obvious, but missing this step can lead to doing more harm than good.
When we study the life of Jesus, we find countless examples where he took on the role of the servant. From choosing to wash the feet of his disciples to the very decision of coming to earth and living as an ordinary human, Christ continually humbled himself for the sake of others and switched places with people, most times in the lowliest of positions.
Are we placing into Service those who are willing to do the same?
hugs n’ blessings to all those who value the meaning of Service.
“Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 10:39
The Lord ❤️ WILL ❤️ manifest the motives of our ❤️ hearts! ❤️
A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
Brothers and sisters: Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. It does not concern me in the least that I be judged by you or any human tribunal; I do not even pass judgment on myself; I am not conscious of anything against me, but I do not thereby stand acquitted; the one who judges me is the Lord. Therefore, do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.
1 Corinthians 4:1-5 (emphasis added)
The First Friday Devotions are a set of Catholic devotions to especially recognize the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and through it offer reparations for sins. September’s First Friday’s Mass Readings, such as the one above, could not be more appropriate for the goings-on in our world. I know they spoke directly to my heart! ❤️
Do you ever feel judged, despite your attempt to live a life as a Servant of Christ’s?
The name Jared is a Biblical name from the Hebrew name יָרֶד (Yared) or יֶרֶד (Yered) meaning “descent.” In the Biblical Book of Genesis, Jared was the sixth link in the ten pre-flood generations between Adam and Noah; he was the son of Mahalaleel and the father of Enoch, and lived 962 years (per Genesis 5:18). The meaning of the name is “he who descended” (Hebrew root YRD). In the Book of Enoch it is explained that Mahalaleel named Jared because during his lifetime the angels of the Lord descended to earth. The name could also be understood as “he who shall rule” (future tense of the Hebrew root RDH, as found for example in Psalms 72:8).
Your personality is ruling, commanding, as a factor from “coming down.”
You have a deep inner desire for a stable, loving family or community, and a need to work with others and to be appreciated. You tend to be quiet, cooperative, considerate, sympathetic to others, adaptable, balanced and sometimes shy. You are trustworthy, respecting the confidences of others, and make excellent diplomats, mediators and partners. You are often very intuitive. You like detail and order, and often find change worrisome and may sometimes feel insecure or restless.
shine brightly, jare-bear!
these hugs n’ blessings are just for you today…
“I have loved you with an everlasting love…”
*Using this song was inspired because of Jared’s love for Henri Nouwen’s writings, especially The Prodigal Son. Music by: Natalie Grant.