Push The Boundaries of Serving Your Community
When you witness brokenness firsthand it softens the impact of devastation a bit in our own lives. When I was a kid someone once told me “be thankful. Someone has it worse off than you”. For some distorted reason we find momentary comfort in the idea that others are dealing with more painful situations that we are. It’s a fleeting sense of comfort that typically vanishes when you witness the pain others are experiencing. The more you find yourself in the trenches others are traversing through, the less you draw strength knowing someone has it worse. Stephanie Browne is an executive director of a local chapter of the Bair Foundation. Her Birthday happened this weekend actually. Her specialty? Finding the abandoned children of our community a home. Not just a roof over their head, but a true home. A home surrounded by love, sustained by healing, and full of promise. As if that isn’t a large enough challenge, her focus is on the high risk, violent, sexually molested and emotionally distraught youth. Her and her team help dozens of children per year find stability. This is the dirtiness that Christ aches for us to be a part of. Christ himself said “The kingdom of heaven belongs to these”. When our comfort levels supersede our willingness to serve others, we need to, at the very least, acknowledge that we don’t serve Jesus to the extent we pretend too; but instead we expect Jesus to serve us.
Here are 3 basic ways to help push the boundaries of serving the community
1. Am I extending the grace I have been shown?
If we are saved by grace, then the grace we extend to others should demonstrate our understanding of the cross. How you act toward brokenness defines the depth of grace you understand.
2. Am I open to disrupting normalcy?
Comfort is the enemy to change. Jesus called us to be available not comfortable. Part of growing in the likeness of Christ means challenging the capacity of our comfort zone. We protect what is most valuable and when people hold a greater value than our comfort levels we become intentional about how we respond toward the pain around us.
3. Support those who pushing the limits of comfort
We are all called to different capacities of serving the community; however, we are all called to serve. So if you see someone with a larger margin to fill a need, support them. Support them financially, spiritually, emotionally. Give when you can, find time to pray and be available to lend a hand.