Over the last few days I’ve been pondering what it means to serve people, in order to show God’s love to those around us. Working with MAF a lot of our roles are servant type jobs. Jason flies people from place to place, as they need. But in order to do that he must prepare the plane, by refuelling it, cleaning it, weighing the luggage and passengers, plan how to load everything onto the plane, fly, unload, reload more people and cargo and so it goes…. All of this is the behind the scenes work, but it is all part of serving the Yolngu people.
Last week Jason was asked to go and put some passenger’s groceries into the cargo section of the hangar, as the crows were attacking them. When he went out, the crows were pulling apart some packets of two minute noodles, with seasoning flying everywhere. Apparently crows around the airport have developed a great ability to eat groceries from out of boxes or shopping bags. Chips, sugar, bread and vegetables are all favorites.
When Jason shooed away the crows, he discovered that one of the bags had icecream in it. The icecream lid had come off and half melted all over the fruit and vegetables in the bag. Jason took the bags around the back and rescued about half the ice cream, putting it back into the container. He then took out all the fruit and vegetables, rinsing off all the melted icecream, and repacking the shopping bags for them to be put on the plane.
I’m sure that when Jason was studying at ACMA, he didn’t have classes on packing shopping. Or chasing away crows for that matter. But these are some of the ways that we serve the people we live with, showing them God’s love. Imagine how you would feel if that shopping bag of melted icecream covered fruit and vegetables was yours… I wouldn’t be impressed if it was mine! What a waste!
This story just prompted me to reflect – how do we serve those around us? How do we show Christ’s love to them? When i was working, serving came in correcting work, doing an extra yard duty or teaching an extra class. Now that I’m a mum, i feel like most of day is serving 🙂 … changing nappies, cleaning, washing, cooking! But it also includes encouraging other mums, babysitting, and having people over for a meal.
So how’s your serve going?
9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:9-11)