Day 13: Thankful for Those Who Serve Others

Every November, I use the space here on Everyday Truth to provide you with a family devotional to get your family focused on their blessings. Join me here every day for a new installment of the devotional. It’s a great way to get your family focused on Thanksgiving before the mad rush to Christmas. You can find the the days you’ve missed here and any printables here, then follow along with me all month to learn about being thankful for the people in your family’s life. Pin it, share it, tweet it, invite your friends to join you. It’s going to be a great month.

A Thankful Heart

One of my favorite things to do is go to a restaurant for dinner. I think I like it because I'm the one who usually cooks dinner in our house. I love having someone else do all the work and bring it to me at my table. I love having someone else be the server.

There are people all throughout our day who serve us. They are the cashiers at the grocery store, the person who brings our mail, the people who repair our cars, the receptionist at the doctor's office and the person who prepares our food when we go through the drive-through. All of these people are people who serve others. People who serve also include the people who take care of us when we're sick, the people who drive our school buses, and the people who check us in at a hotel when we go on vacation.

Most of the time, we don't think about the fact that these people are serving us. Sure, many of them get paid to do their job, but think about how hard some of those jobs are. Many of these people spend the whole day on their feet. They deal with all sorts of people: happy people, sad people, grumpy people, and sick people. Through it all, they are expected to treat each person with kindness, courtesy, and friendliness -- even when they're having a bad day of their own. In addition, many of these "service" jobs don't pay that well.

Galatians 5:13 tells us to "serve one another humbly in love." That means that we should all be interested in serving each other. Whether it's holding the door open for the person behind you, setting the table for your mom, or taking the time to help out a friend when you'd rather be watching your favorite TV show, you can be a person who serves others, too.

Today, be thankful for the people throughout your day who serve you. Thank them for what they do. Be kind if they make a mistake. Be encouraging if it seems like they're having a bad day. Serve them as they serve you.

Serve

Action step: Go to a local grocery store or discount retailer and buy a bouquet of flowers. When you get to the checkout line, pay for the flowers, then hand them to the cashier and tell her they are for her. Thank her for doing her job well. You'll make her day and express your gratitude in a fun way.