When Noah acted crabby with a friend when he was younger, we told him to tell that friend, “I’m sorry.” It was a struggle, because he did not like saying those words. And when forced to say them, they kind of lack sincerity. But other times, when he has done something and felt so bad about it, and his beautiful blue eyes filled with tears, he would offer up an “I’m sorry” and mean every syllable.
The attitude of the heart makes all the difference.
I joined an online study through Proverbs 31 Ministries on Lysa TerKeurst’s book What Happens When Women Say Yes To God, and on one of the posts, the study’s leader talked about the difference between “So What?” obedience and “Say What?!” obedience. She said someone could say that God wants them to do six loads of laundry. So what? But if that person took it seriously and committed to doing that laundry, praying over each load for her family, it could be a Say What?! moment. She said, if she decided that as she folded her children’s socks, she would pray for their feet, and the places they would be going, and if she folded her husband’s t-shirts and prayed for him and his job, and as she folded sheets, she could pray for rest and safety for her family as they slept, and fully believed that these prayers will make a difference, her family’s lives could experience an awesome change. And as she tells her friends about this, they too could decide to make this a commitment for their families as well, creating changes in homes everywhere! Say what?!
That left a big impression on me, because I often look at things without the commitment and enthusiasm they deserve.
Take nursery duty at church as an example. I kind of dread it when I have it. I love the kids and I end up having a good time with them, but when I realize I’m on the schedule, I’m not excited.
But rather than looking at it as a babysitting service, I should look at it differently after this study. It’s a chance to be with the kids, to pray for them now and for their futures. To pray for the babies who have just recently been born and will be in the nursery soon, and for the ladies I know who desperately want to one day have babies of their own crawling around in the nursery. What an opportunity!
Our church is having a block party tomorrow evening. Most of us were pretty excited about doing it during the early planning stages, but, typical for me, as the day gets closer, the excitement fades and is replaced by stress and I look forward to it being over. I’ve been sort of looking at it like a “So What?” kind of project.
But I’m changing that, starting now. The reason for having it is to let the people in our church’s neighborhood, especially the kids, know about the classes and programs our church has. It’s to get to know the neighbors of the church and hopefully get people excited to stop by and learn that Jesus loves them.
So, tomorrow morning, as I am making lemonade and sweet tea, I will be praying for the families who will be drinking it. I will pray that they will see Jesus’ love poured out in our neighborhood. As I help set up tables and games, I will be praying for the kiddos who will be playing them, that they will have a good time and feel loved and wanted by the church volunteers who are there. I will also be praying for the church volunteers who will be there doing everything from serving free hot dogs to manning the inflatables, that they will see each person they talk to as someone Jesus loves and gave His life for.
Kind of turns it into a “Say What?!” project 🙂
Nearly anything in our day can be changed, with a change in our attitude. I want my attitude to reflect a girl who is happy to serve Jesus.