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Hands and Feet

Posted by on May 9, 2018 in Encouragement, Following God | 0 comments

My first year serving in BSF leadership is coming to a close this week. This year has been much needed surgery, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. 18 women were gifted to me this year. I use the word gifted because they have been the sweetest gift of encouragement, empathy, love, and support as we walked alongside each other through the year. I not only gained wonderful new friends, but hiking buddies, new connections, spiritual encouragement, and growth as a person.

We learned so much over the year, but one consistent theme throughout Romans was how will you serve others. Can you look outside yourself and learn how to be the hands and feet of Jesus? I thought Yes! I can totally do that and try to be a better wife, mom, friend, neighbor, etc. Then January came where I hit a brick wall with my health, and cancer completely derailed my intentions. Yes, I can be the hands and feet, but not when you’re so exhausted you can’t put one foot in front of the other. You also can’t focus on serving when your emotions get the better of you, causing you to be an emotional mess. Trust me, my emotions were so out of whack this past year, I was desperate to figure out what was wrong with me.

What I learned is that sometimes you are the hands and feet to others, and sometimes others are the hands and feet to you. BSF people showed up with meals and prayed over me like crazy, and my sweet in-laws came to take care of the kids for 10 days while I recovered. My husband took time off traveling to stay home, and my sweet F4M posse brought gift cards, and sent text messages checking in on me. My circles may have transitioned, but the gestures were the same. I was blown away at how well they loved and served me.

What do you do with your hands and feet? Do they serve you or serve others? Having hands that serve and feet that go is something this world desperately needs. Being Jesus’s hands and feet means more than just praying for people. It means getting dirty, and loving others when its hard. Sometimes it means walking through mourning to get to the other side of joy. It can be something as simple as a text or phone call to say you’re thinking of them. When people come to mind, I try (although I’m not always good at it) to send a text or call to let them know they’re on my mind. There’s a reason they’ve been placed there, and it’s hopefully to lend some encouragement. Support comes in many forms whether it’s emotional, spiritual comfort or financial support. Each one of us is called to support others differently and at different times.

Serving others shows up when you least expect it. Is there someone whose crossed your path you need to help? Is it your neighbor, a friend who needs a hug, or a family member whose going through a hard time? Whatever it is, be the hands that serve and feet that go. How will you serve someone today?

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