Do you need directions from God? Try serving people.
I love my job! Everyday at work doesn’t seem like work. I sort of stumbled upon my career while washing windows. I am a physical therapist assistant. I help people rehabilitate from things like surgeries, back pain, shoulder pain, heart attack and brain injuries. It’s fulfilling and very rewarding.
Before I had this career, I was a wandering, wavering, lost kid, with a curly fro, socially awkward and an outfit to match it. I couldn’t even decide on my favorite super hero much less a degree after high school. I mean really, Spider-Man or Batman? I still struggle with that decision.
Looking for direction in life is a scary place to be. We don’t make decisions because we’re paralyzed in the fear of making the wrong decision.
Around this time of my life my mom worked as a front desk manager at a physical therapy clinic. One day she came home exhausted. I asked her why she was so tired and she explained that because of budget cuts at work she now had to manage the front desk and clean the windows to save the company money. I couldn’t bare to see my mom so exhausted, especially when it interfered with her famous homemade enchiladas. I decided to take action and wash the windows for her. Anyway, I had nothing special going on in my life and my schedule was wide open.
So I would stop by a few times a week to clean the windows and help in any way I could. I fell in love with the environment and connected with the patients well, and I just felt like this is what I was supposed to do. I changed my major, for the fourth time, and got a degree in physical therapy and it’s been a fun ride ever since!
All that to say this, God often times speaks to those who are serving. And sometimes it can be in an area you don’t feel called to.
Throughout the Bible we see that God gives directions and instructions to people who were serving. Why is that? Because when we extend our hands towards people we point our hearts toward their creator. And this gets God’s attention.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV) ~ For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.
God spoke to young Samuel while he was serving under Eli (1 Samuel 3:1-14).
God spoke and anointed David while he was tending sheep in 1 Samuel 16:1-13. And God spoke to Nehemiah as he served his king as his cupbearer in Nehemiah 1:1-11.
Maybe you’re in a place where you need directions from God. Have you tried serving someone? Have you tried serving your church? It may seem unusual but giving your time puts you in a position to receiving God’s plan.
Rocky marriage? Serve your spouse. Difficult co-worker? Serve them. Not seeing eye to eye with your parents or siblings? Serve them. Maybe you’re going through a dark and difficult season. Serve through the pain and you’ll find healing and purpose.
Jesus said it this way in Matthew 20:26-28, “Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom.”
Jesus redefines greatness with serving. Why? Because while we are serving others we are closest to God’s heart and we are in a great position to hear His voice.
My wife and I were in a place of needing direction and purpose. We both felt that something was missing and we needed to hear God’s voice in our lives. Pastor Brandon and Elevate Church gave us an opportunity to serve people in the first impressions area and we have discovered so much joy, purpose and found some incredible friends to do life with. If you are looking for direction or purpose, this is a great place to start.
The saying goes, “Good things happen to those who wait.” I’ll add that great things happen to those who serve!