SERVING IN COMMUNITY – LOVE IN ACTION
Our hearts are wired to serve. We were created for community – to love God and one another.
Perhaps we view serving as big acts, significant time commitments, or specific gifts and talents. When we add chronic illness, serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways can become challenging … but definitely not impossible.
Galatians 5:13b says, “… serve one another humbly in love.” But how can we do that with chronic illness?
Francis de Sales reminds us that, “There is nothing small in the service of God.”
And Mother Teresa wrote, “Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love…” Small acts are never small when they are acts of love.
Small actions of love are the very definition of humbly serving one another.
On hard days, the simple act of smiling might require our brave intentionality, but it is a gift to the one who receives it. That one small act carries love that can change the trajectory of someone’s day, brightening both theirs and yours!
From an earthly perspective, small things like:
- a cup of cold water given “to the least of these” refreshes Jesus Himself
- one simple lunch of bread and fish offered in childlike faith fed the 5000
- faith as small as a mustard seed has the amazing power to move mountains
DISCOVER CREATIVE NEW WAYS TO SERVE SHOWING LOVE IN ACTION
While you may no longer be able to serve in traditional or culturally familiar ways due to chronic illness, discover creative new ways to love God and love others right where you are, however you are able. Chronic Joy’s SERVE page is filled with innovative options and easy to implement ideas to inspire and encourage you.
We’d love to include your ideas on that page too! Share them in the comments, then check the SERVE page for new additions.
The door is open, Friends, and you are warmly invited!
We were created for community. We are always #BetterTogether!
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Is there a great book, a go-to website, or a thought-provoking podcast that encourages you in your walk with chronic illness? Would you love to share that resource to ease another’s journey? Through Chronic Joy’s Pass It On program you can! Pass It On opens the door to community, making everyone’s journey a little easier knowing others have gone before us, blazing the trail and sharing what’s been learned.
Story is the tale of our lives. And it matters. Chronic illness can be isolating and lonely, but sharing our stories can open a door, extending hope, and sometimes sparking a life-giving, life-changing conversation with someone else along the way. We’d love to hear your story.
Prayer is a precious invitation from God. Let’s Pray! Often, we over-think prayer, complicating it by seeking the right words, the right time or place, or the perfect formula, so afraid of getting it wrong that we fail to pray at all.
Creative Ways to Serve
Creative Ways to Connect
Looking for creative ways to connect with others as you unpack the Chronic Joy studies? This FREE printable does just that and more!