Serving With Joy



Life can get so busy at times that we forget there are others outside of our homes that need serving. I know for me, having a husband, three children, and a home to run, I tend to forget there are hurting people outside our four walls. I don’t think we intend on being that way, but with the business of life it does happen. While doing my study one morning I realized this.

I know I’m doing my duty as a wife and mother taking care of my family, but is there more I can do? I am a full time stay-at-home wife and mother. So most of the needs I meet are for my husband and children. Cooking, cleaning, teaching, washing, and etc. are the things I do daily, multiple times a day. The Holy Spirit showed me a little something.

If we can’t serve those in our home, how can we ever serve those outside of our homes?

Ouch…That really stung.

I know I complain at times when my boys and my husband asks me to do something. Either I’m in the middle of doing something else or just don’t want to do it at the moment.

Some days I’m just tired of dirty floors having to be swept or vacuumed, so I fuss at my boys.

Other days I’m tired of cooking three meals a day and I don’t prepare them with a servant’s heart.

I should serve my family joyfully even when the things are mundane and not easy. They depend on me and they need me as much as I need them. When I learn to serve my family in this way, I will be ready to serve others. Until then, I will serve others begrudgingly too.

When I have that attitude towards those I love, what attitude would I have towards those I don’t even know? Think on that. That’s not something that pleases the Lord. He wants us to serve our families, but He want us to do it with a good attitude.

So before we can serve others joyfully, it starts at home, everything starts at home. Once we realize that, I believe our society will change.

Lord, thank You for the examples you give us in scripture about serving others. Thank You for serving us and giving Your Son to die for us. May we serve our husbands with joy. May we love them and respect them. Help us to serve our children with a cheerful heart. May we love them and teach them the way You desire. We want to serve how Your Son served. We want to be able to serve others as well as our family so continue to grow us. We are so thankful for your mercy towards us when we fail You. Thank You for never giving up, but always pricking our hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


Bring joy to Your servant’s life, because I turn to You, Lord.

Psalm 86:4


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