Archive for March 2010

Go Out During Bad Weather

When inclement weather hits it is surprisingly not the time to draw back and wait for the climate to change. We have an amazing open door before us when bad weather strikes. On bad weather days those we serve actually are far more impressed by our stick-tuitiveness than when we go out to serve on good weather days.
I just got back from serving people on the north side of Philly in a spring NorEaster storm. We had planned to go out today for some time so when bad weather hit we merely stuck to our original plan. It seemed like everyone we came in contact with was more in tune with our serving because of the horrid conditions. Some actually said, “You are out in this weather? You are either really committed or you are a little crazy.” The right answer is we are both a little nuts and we are super committed.
It is exciting to run into challenging conditions. When that hits – and it will sooner or later – don’t step around it. This might well be an amazing opportunity to stand out.

What to Say When Serving

When we serve people it is important that we have a clear idea what we want to actually say to those we serve. If we hope to make an impact upon those we serve we need to say something to the point – something we can convey much with just a few words.
Consider saying the following:
“We are out today serving the community to show God’s love in a practical way.”
The name of the game here is you are trying to be helpful, encouraging and upbuilding. Your face and your words are going to stick with people as much as the power of your serving.
Don’t try to convey too much. As you step out to serve you will be empowered by God with the right, the balanced thing to say.