Taking the Time to Be Blessed
That sounds like a crazy title, doesn't it? I mean, do we really have to consciously set aside time to be blessed?
For me, this is an actual yes. I am a co-leader for a student-led elderly ministry Rosewood Manor Christian service. I know many of you are probably thinking, "Okay sure, I get it. You have to schedule your time to lead because you have to be there." Even with being a leader, though, there are days you don't want to go. You have a pile of work, a pounding headache, and about the motivation of a teaspoon.
In the moment—especially now as we're headed toward finals week—going to see a group of octogenarians may seem to be your lowest priority, but I've found I need it. You think you're going to go be a blessing to them, and you are. They're so excited to see you. They tell you about their week, their struggles, their family, everything. What you weren't expecting was for them to bless you. By letting yourself be used by God to minister to others, your own soul is fed. According to Proverbs 11:25, " The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself." Every Sunday, I find myself given new motivation for getting through the week. I cannot remember the number of times they gave me encouraging words or asked me what they could pray about for me. It's amazing how God uses both you and them to enrich your lives!
It can be stressful being a college student, but it's more stressful being a college student that doesn't get to enjoy God's work in being a blessing. Come out for Christian Service, and take some time to be blessed!0