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SERVING | There is Power In Serving | Tami Schmidt

I remember the first time I stepped out of my comfort zone and served with a group of people I didn’t know. There were about 15 of us scheduled to build a shed and I can guarantee none of our experiences were quite the same. I thought I was showing up to swing a hammer or carry some wood, but God met me that day in ways I could never have anticipated.

Most of the people were intimidated by what they saw inside and outside of the house and could see why she needed a shed. It appeared that she was a bit of a hoarder and needed space for more stuff. She had magazines piled to the ceilings, small containers of leftover food in her fridge, grocery bags filled with clothing of all shapes and sizes.

I remembered someone telling me beforehand that it might not be about building a shed; I wasn’t sure what that meant but the seed was planted, so I went inside. While others built a shed, I listened as this 83 year old woman shared her story about taking magazines to the YMCA and about how living through the depression she learned to maximize everything.

She showed me she could make the most of her sandwich by having Subway package all of the toppings and condiments in separate containers. She would also find people in need to fit in all the off the clothing others would drop off at her doorstep. She inspired me with her ministry, but this woman was misunderstood.

She was a bit stubborn and would not listen to friends and family, but I think it was them who wouldn’t listen to her. They didn’t get what she was trying to do and the selfless life she was leading; but for some reason that day she heard me. We were able to devise a plan so she could bless others and not be taken advantage of by being a dumping ground.

Both of our lives were transformed and changed that day. All because we had an open mind and open to heart to see what God was going to do. That day led to 8 years of a wonderful relationship of the most Jesus loving, giving woman I have ever met. I would encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone, it’s not about the task, it’s about being in the moment, about the relationships you build (not the shed) and about being open to what God has in store for you.

Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.
1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.