Asking a mother to serve on purpose may seem like an insult. I know you serve your family every single day. But this week’s challenge is all about sharing your faith with your family. When you serve your husband and children today, I want you to do more than go through the motions like you always do. I want you to think of it as an expression of faith and service to God.
So when you prep breakfast, tie shoes, or chauffeur, do it all as an act of faith because God has called you to a life of service. As you bake cookies, read a story, or greet your husband, do it as though you are on a mission from the Lord.
How will that change your attitude and perspective on service to family?
Will you be less annoyed and more positive?
Will you serve more willingly and joyfully?
What will a change in your attitude do to point your family to the love and goodness of God?
Today’s reading and activity place the mother of Jesus at the center of our attention. When the angel told Mary she would become pregnant and bear the Messiah, she had many questions, but eventually she accepted her assignment with humility: “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to do whatever he wants.” Luke 1.38 (TLB)
Read: Luke 1.26-56
In your journal: Write out verse 38 on the top of a clean page. Confess to God in writing the ways you do not serve your family humbly and willingly. Say a prayer, asking for his help with that today.
Share your faith: Use gift tags, index cards, or slips of paper, one for each member of your family. Write each person’s name on top of the paper. On a gift tag, use the “to” and “from” lines.
Then write down one way you can serve each family member today. Be creative and consider doing something special you might normally avoid because of the sacrifice involved. Or, ask each member of your family how you can serve them today. Present them with the tag or paper as a coupon to redeem today or sometime this week. Ideas:
- Play a child’s favorite game
- Take a teen to the movies
- Read additional books to a toddler or let them stay up later
- Serve your husband’s favorite dessert
- Clean a child’s room or do an assigned chore for them
- Brush your daughter’s hair
- Rub your hubby’s feet
- Take your mom out for coffee
Draw your children into this activity, by having them consider ways they can serve family members too. Share with them the verse below and talk about what you are learning about serving God by serving others joyfully. Imagine with them what it may have been like if Mary had resisted her assignment or whined about it.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people. 24 Remember that the Lord will give you as a reward what he has kept for his people. For Christ is the real Master you serve. Colossians 3:23-24Good News Translation (GNT)