Can you believe before week’s end we will begin month two of 2013? How have you been? Seriously, how are you? Has your 2013 started as you hoped, or has it been a not-so-good beginning? (I hope you’ll leave me a comment just to let me know.)
It seems there are some pretty nasty bugs going around – flu, strep, stomach virus, colds, allergies….I’m sorry if you’ve been hit with any of these. Moms of young ones, this week I am praying especially for you. I remember some long weeks when my four were young. It seemed a bug would be picked up, and it would be shared through the whole family. Sometimes, I’d just get things disinfected, and round two would hit. The worst was when I would get sick, too. Unless your household is a lot different than mine, you know how it goes. Mom takes care of everyone, but who takes care of Mom? There were times I could have a really big pity party, and the worse I felt the bigger my ‘party’.
This weekend a friend made a comment that stood out to me. She said she had a great day being home even though most of the family was sick. WOW! I’m pretty sure I never made that comment when I had a houseful of sick kids. This really got me thinking though. Instead of bemoaning the fact that her weekend was spent taking care of her sick family, she was exhibiting a servant heart.
Matthew 25:35-40 says:
” For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters,you were doing it to me!’” NLT
When we care and serve our family as if we are doing it to God, our whole perspective changes. You may be in round two of the stomach virus or flu, but hang in there and serve as unto the Lord!