Culture Can Be Redeemed – Who Do We Appreciate?
Key Bible Verse: So let’s not get tired of doing what is good … We will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. – Galatians 6:9
Bonus Reading: Romans 12:9-13
A group wanted “to do something special beyond its church walls to make God smile!” They decided “to honor, encourage, respect, and applaud” the young adults working as cafeteria workers and nurse’s aids at a nursing home. They sent a warm letter to 14 workers, inviting them to a dinner and celebration in their honor at the home of one of the group members.
After an icebreaker, a group member thanked the workers for their service to the elderly and announced the team’s plan to serve them this evening. The church women cooked, and the men served the dinner and cleaned. After the meal, the guests and hosts each told a little about themselves.
Several group members spoke, and the leader read scriptures such as today’s Key Bible Verse designed to affirm that each person is created in God’s image for a special purpose. Each guest received a decorative bowl from Mexico, a houseplant, and an encouraging book. To end the evening, the workers stood in a circle and received a group blessing.
One letter of thanks said, “It was wonderful to be appreciated. I’ll never forget it. The book really made me think how much I can achieve.”
—Bob Moffitt in If Jesus Were Mayor
My Response: A way I’d like to “make God smile” is …
Adapted from If Jesus Were Mayor (Monarch, 2006)
Prayer for the Week: Since you’ve called me to be salt and light, I’m not free to just blend in. Empower me to make a positive impact where you’ve placed me.