This past Saturday, my Advance life group and I did our first huge love!!
(A huge love is our language for impact and service events. Going out in the community and showing love with our peers. We're serving somewhere once a month!).
This month, for April, we headed to Agape Senior Assisted Living in Rock Hill and spent an afternoon hearing stories and playing bingo.
We played several rounds of bingo and at the end of the games, they lingered and thanked us. Some commented on their winnings and said they would share them with their grandchildren. Ms. Louise took some of us back to her room and showed us where she lived. Ms. Mary Louise told us about when she used to be a model and about her travels to New York. I sat at a table with 101 year old Ms. Helen! What a story she must have!
What a rewarding experience. To show love and warmth and to spend time above all else. To listen. To care.
I think, I believe, I am learning that serving happens all.the.time. That we have the opportunity to show love, to be Christ, to think about someone other than ourselves, being identified by Christ - in almost every moment. And the part that collaborates with intentionality is the going out, the seeking of those who most need to hear and be shown the message of their worth. There are those who are lonely or without family and who forget or maybe have never heard that they are graciously and mercifully loved without condition by the great Savior Jesus Christ.
Who needs to hear that message? Let's be honest - we all do. And the more we give it, the more we hear it.
We took an afternoon and we listened. We heard stories and we communicated worth. We communicated importance of a life. And showing love comes in giving away what is most valuable - the message and love of Jesus Christ.