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Everyday Ways to Love Your Neighbor – Dishing Out Service

Love Your NeighborKey Bible Verse: “Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:16

Dig Deeper: Matthew 5:13-16

The group Ken leads from his church went to Bob’s Big Boy restaurant for dessert one evening. As they ate, they couldn’t help but notice the harried look on their waitress’s face.

“Are you okay?” someone asked as she whizzed by.

“I’m okay, it’s just that our dishwasher quit tonight and all the servers are now serving and washing. It’s a little overwhelming. …”

That was all the information Ken’s group needed. As soon as they finished their pie, they sprang into action. Two took on the dishwasher, several toted plastic dish containers.

The waitress walked past the head volunteer dishwasher in the kitchen and with a startled look on her face asked, “Aren’t you the guy at table 10? Why are you back here, doing dishes?”

“Because you needed some help! We believe God’s love is better shown than just talked about.”

“But I don’t think we can let you just do the dishes like this. I’d better check with the boss.”

Within a few minutes that waitress had begun gossiping the gospel to all the other servers: “They’re doing it to show us God’s love. …”

—Steve Sjogran in Changing the World Through Kindness

My Response: Opportunities to serve in small ways surround me every day. What could I do about it?

Thought to Apply: Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence, or learning.—Frederick W. Faber (British priest, hymn writer)

Adapted from Changing the World Through Kindness (Regal, 2005).

Prayer for the Week: Heavenly Father, open my eyes to the needs of my neighbors; move my heart to reach out, serve, and share your love in everyday ways.



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