Serve one another humbly in love.

Serving

Our hearts are wired to serve, because we were created for community.

Chronic illness can make serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways challenging, but not impossible. Discover creative new ways to love God and others right where you are, however you are able.

LOVE ONE ANOTHER • CREATIVE WAYS TO SERVE

Creative Ways to Serve PromptLove One Another – A unique and exceptional service prompt. We invite you to courageously step into this unique service prompt. Lean in, listen long, look with the eyes of compassion, and learn to love one another as God loves you.

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34

We serve one another in love every time we speak a word of encouragement, listen to a hurting heart, lend a helping hand, or compassionately meet a need. Each time we give of our wisdom, time, resources, and experience, we love one another like Jesus loves us.

Service is rooted in our love for God. Jesus pours out for us so that we can pour out for others. With chronic illness, serving in traditional ways can be difficult, but we were created by the One who spoke the universe into being … out of nothing.

And nothing about our God is “in the box.” He loves and meets us in radically creative ways every single day.

 

SERVING FROM A HEART OF LOVE

It isn’t how well we serve that’s important, but why. When we serve from a heart of love for Jesus, it is His love that moves our hands and gentles our hearts, speaks with kindness and compassion, and patiently engages with tenderhearted mercy.

Today, we invite you to “step out of the boat” of traditional service and listen for God’s still small Voice inviting you to serve one another in His way, out of His abundance, and for His delight and pleasure.

In each post, you’ll receive an email with a captivating image, an inspiring Scripture passage, and Love One Another, our Creative Ways to Serve Prompt

Serving reflects God’s love and points people to Jesus.

SIGN-UP TODAY!

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HOW TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER 

Galatians 5:13b says, “…serve one another humbly in love.” How can we do that with chronic illness?

Francis de Sales wrote, “There is nothing small in the service of God.”

From an earthly perspective, small things like:

  • a cup of cold water given “to the least of these” refreshes Jesus Himself
  • a simple lunch of bread and fish offered in childlike faith fed more than 5000
  • faith as small as a mustard seed has the amazing power to move mountains

While we may no longer be able to serve in traditional or culturally familiar ways, today we invite you to discover creative new ways to love God and love others right where you are, however you are able.

Learn more about how you can serve today.

The door is open, Friend, and you are most warmly invited! We were created for community, and we are always #BetterTogether!

What happens when the Holy Spirit fills our hearts with God’s love? We serve Him by serving others! Kerry Shook

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!

Identify Creative Ways to Serve

  • What’s in your hand? What skills, hobbies, gifts, or abilities do you have or can you already do?
  • What are you passionate about?
  • Who can you pray for?
  • Who can you encourage?
  • When have you felt most deeply connected to God?
  • Where did you find your greatest joy as a child?
  • What brings you joy today?
  • When do you sense God’s pleasure?

Creative Ways to Serve

Chronic illness can make serving in traditional or culturally familiar ways challenging, but not impossibleDiscover creative new ways to love God and others right where you are, however you are able.

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PASS IT ON

Kindness → Pass It On! Making the Journey Easier for One Another

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The Voices of Chronic Joy are a caring and compassionate team of volunteers dedicating to recording website content, and guest posts, to enrich the lives of those we serve. LEARN MORE.

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