Monday, April 26, 2010

Being Helpful...Even at Home

Saturday chores. Working in the yard. Washing the car. Spring cleaning, or any other season for that matter. Every home requires a baseline of maintenance that can feel like work – even on a day off. Is there a way to accomplish these household items AND build a spiritual sense of purpose into the day?

Consider Paul’s comments about a few of his friends. In 2 Timothy 4, Paul encourages Timothy to come to him quickly, for Paul is in desperate need of help. Demas left to pursue worldly things. Luke is still with Paul, but Paul tells Timothy to “Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry.”

What a wonderful way to be mentioned in the Word of God! Helpfulness implies both an awareness of someone’s need and a willingness to get involved with them to meet that need. Saturday chores take on a different feel with an approach of helpfulness.

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