I teach Pre-K. In Pre-K, we teach the basic skills to four and five year olds. Skills like: how to eat at a table, with a spoon and sit correctly in a chair, how to talk to other children and adults, how to clean up after yourself, clean up your spills, wash your hands (a million times a day), throw away your trash, play, play with others, sit with a group and listen to the teacher, how to rest quietly, how to play outside, etc.
I serve these children daily and I put 1000% of myself in doing so. I write lesson plans, create craft activities, science projects, schedule meetings and fieldtrips, conference with parents and work with an awesome assistant. By the time I get home, I am tired but happy.
The last thing I want to do when I get home is serve my family. My family consists of two young adult daughters and one 2nd grade grandson. All of the members of my family are old enough to take care of themselves and their needs. But as a mom and a grandma, I serve them as well. I may not give 1000%, but I do give at least 85%.
I cook dinner, wash dishes, take out the trash, fold clothes and put them away and clean the kitchen. At first, it makes me irritated because they could do this themselves and for me, but I know there will be a time when no one is home for me to take care of. I know that one day it will be just me. That’s why I serve my family in this way; serving with my whole heart. I am holding onto the things that matter to me.
1 Peter 4:8-11
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.