The past couple of days I have had it laid on my heart that I needed to really focus on teaching my children to have a servant heart. I have been feeling like they need to focus on being the hands and feet of Jesus and having a heart that wants to help people. I know as a mother you need a heart that wants to serve. I see this missing sometimes in churches and I just felt like it needed to be taught in our home.
Well Yesterday we went to GoodWill and donated a huge load of items that we no longer needed. The kids had fun helping get everything ready and didn't complain about what Mom was giving away. When we were finished with Goodwill we decided to go have lunch. We were turning onto the freeway when we say a man holding a sign that said "WILL WORK FOR FOOD." I told the girls if we had some food we could give it to him. I then went on to tell them that Jesus tells us to feed the hungry and help the needy. I told them that when we get to heaven He will ask,"How come you walked past me when I was hungry?" I also told them that he knows our heart and he knows when we want to help but can't.
So then My husband said, "well we just helped cloth a bunch of people today." That made the girls feel good about giving their stuff away. One child said," We gave them shoes so their feet won't be sore." I could see that they were understanding what we were trying to teach them at that moment.
At the restaurant we were all finishing up and my 5 year old said," Mom I don't want the rest of my french fries because I want to go give them to that man." I said, "that is very nice honey but that is not the way we go home." I told her " Jesus knows your heart and he is very pleased." The other children started telling us that they wanted to give that man some of their food also. My husband said, " Well let's get a box and put everything in it that you want to give him and he will have a feast today." They were all so excited and wanted to quit eating and give the rest of their food to that stranger on the street.
On our way home we went back to the on ramp we saw him at and he was not their . My husband drove around the area and we couldn't find anyone. Then we looked over in an area that had grass and trees and it looked like someone was sleeping there. He pulled over and walked down to the area and gave the person the food. When he came back to the van he told us he thinks the person was sleeping so he just laid it down by them. The children were so happy because they believed they had found that same man. Well later that night when we were going to bed my husband said,"I don't think anyone was sleeping there today he thought it was just a bunch of old blankets." I told him,"That's o.k. Honey God say your good dead and he knew your heart was in the right place."
I am so thankful that God gave us this opportunity today to teach our children the act of serving someone and how simple it can be but how good it makes you feel.