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SEPTEMBER 2017

“And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
(Mark 10:44,45)
Dear Friend,
Trusting that all is well with you and your loved ones. We are fine, and I cannot believe that we are in September already! Time is going way too fast for me!
As we get ready again for busy days my thoughts are with what Jesus said regarding serving.  We are in a world now that seems to honor the “me first” and “what I think is what matters” way of life. People are scrambling for recognition, for instant gratification, and what “I” think only matters. There does not seem to be a compassion, or honor code anymore. When people do not like something, they go out and protest instead of having respectful conversation in order to reach a conclusion. People all seem to be angry all the time. If you hear the news, or are on Facebook, you know what I mean!  Well, Jesus did not promise us a rose garden, He said that in the latter days this would happen even more so. Actually, this has been going on from the time Adam and Eve sinned. But.... Jesus came to set us straight and teach us how to live! If only we would take His teachings to heart so much grief would be done away with.
 Let us go back to how Jesus lived.....  He was born in such humble surroundings, in a barn with animals. His parents could not find a place to stay, so that is where they ended up. But, all of heaven rejoiced, a star was set in the sky to guide the Wisemen to where Jesus was, and our Savior was actually born and alive here on earth! Wow!  As Jesus grew up, he lived under subjection to His parents, and learned in humble surroundings; not a palace with people to wait on Him!  He was taught the Torah and was the perfect Jewish boy. The Bible says that He was without sin. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5:21) None of us can claim to be perfect, but we do have Jesus as an example of how to live.
 One item that is stressed so much about His life is that He did not come to be served, but to serve, and give His life for us. Let us just think about this.  Could we imagine living in a world where we follow His example, and give of ourselves to be a servant to all? Todays society says, “Me first!”  It is so rare to see kindness and humility today. Even Christians seem to be following the crowd demanding to be first in things! Let us just take some time out and think about the way we live, what our attitude is like, and what kind of lifestyle we adopt. Do we consider others above ourselves? Do we take time to listen to others, and if accepted, say a prayer for them and encourage them? Do we open the door for the elderly, or handicapped when we might be what we call starving, or exhausted, and all we want to do it sit and order our dinner? Do we look for ways to help someone in need, or take time out to listen to them?  If we do, do we brag about it afterwards? 
I have a proposal to make.  How would it be if we all, as Christians, as followers of Christ, take out time each day to serve someone?  How would it be if we would ask Jesus to show us people who may need help, and then go and help them?  How would it be if we would think of everything that we do, as something done in the Name of Jesus, in a way that glorifies Him?  Can we all begin today to find ways to bless others? An elderly couple is waiting for a table at a restaurant. The manager calls us that it is our turn so the table is ours. Why not ask the manager to bless that couple, that we can wait a few more minutes?  A young mom is trying to do her grocery shopping and having a hard time with her children. How would it be to let her go first, ahead of us?  What would Jesus do? 

Rev. Barbara A. Yovino, Ph.D.

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