Family Mission Statement – Part 2: Serve
We all have a story of service that has humbled us and shaped our category of what it really means to be a servant to others. An example of a servant that often comes to mind for me is my Dad. Whether it was shoveling the snow on our neighbors driveways, volunteering to coach my little league teams, or always going well beyond the call of duty during a big move to a new house, my Dad has a proven track record of going out of his way to serve others.
Most recently, when Joelle and I undertook a major house renovation project, my Dad spent a few weekday evenings after work each week along with weekends for several months coming over to help and he lives about 45 minutes away. Talk about sacrifice! And I’m thankful to have both benefited from it and had this modeled before me throughout my life.
When it comes to what we talked about in Part 1 of our family mission statement, Jesus blew the doors off any category we have for service when he said, “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).” Crazy! With service being driven then by love, we can see that the bar is set very high on how we are to serve others. Namely, the giving of our lives…. Which is exactly what Jesus did in serving us. Hence the back half of the opening sentence of our Family Mission Statement that because of Jesus laying down his life for us, we similarly, “desire to compassionately serve others.”