Friday, March 19, 2010

Serve Us

Sometimes I feel like I live a very mundane life. I drive the same way to school each and every day. The same route at the same time twice a day. I generally don't leave the house unless I have errands to run or girlfriends to see. There isn't much to explore in here in this town. But we do live in the Bible Belt, what does that really mean... churches on every corner, every denomination imaginable and church signs everywhere. I love to read them. Sometimes they are mundane too "CH CH... it isn't a church unless UR in it". That's old school. I must have read that sign a hundred times in my small Ohio town growing up. I've read a few interesting ones lately and I want to share my thoughts on them with you and get your opinions.

I've seen this message posted our front of a small "shopping center" church for several weeks now. It always catches my attention so there must be a message in there for me that I need to hear or understand. It reads "SERVICE is not spelled SERVE US!" This particular church is on my route I take twice a day to get my kiddos to and fro school. This week Katie read the sign, and asked me what it meant. I wanted her opinion first. In her little naive mind she said they trying to teach someone to spell. Laughing I said think harder! She later confessed that she wasn't sure but wanted to know more.

I've been contemplating that message for sometime. I'd love to know how the preacher taught this lesson. They aren't on the net and don't post their sermons like many larger churches do these days. It's left to my imagination. On one hand I think it means that when we go to church we are to Serve Him our God above and that we aren't in church for our own good warm fuzzy feeling but to serve and worship God Almighty. Then my head did a 180.

I took it a step deeper or maybe I've stepped off the deep end, but I also read it to say that the military serving our country are not just here to serve us, our own country. We (as a military family each of us serve our nation and our country) are all in the service. Serving our nation, our Marine goes off to war, but I am honored to stay home as serve. Serve my country by teaching our children values, morals and to serve others. The work ethic, value for education and compassion that I try desperately to impart in our children isn't for today, but also for tomorrow. When they grow up and pass these lessons on to their children, when they enter the work force or join the military or enter the ministry. We all serve our country in some manner, how have you served your country today? Your community, your neighbor, your children, your spouse?

This was a long rant, and had many bunny trails. There are probably several blog posting that I should elaborate on in this one scatterbrained post... but really what does Service mean to you... is it Serve Us or do you Serve others? I'd love to hear your thoughts on this...

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