Ever have one of those days when 5pm finds you feeling worn out, stressed, and beat down? Well it happens to me every once in a blue moon or so :) And it happened Tuesday. Tuesday also happened to be a day when I couldn't just go home and recover....our TG was scheduled to serve at Convoy of Hope that night. To make matters even "better" our group was struck by the most ridiculous & inconceivable confluence of legitimate circumstances....people were getting sick, straining backs, attending funerals, leaving town at the last minute, etc. So Julie and I were suddenly the only members of our group to be able to make it. Fortunately, we did have some friends there with us: namely, Mike Sutton & Jerry Raby (in case you didn't know, they're our serving ministry leaders and they actually live what they lead!).
So there I am, after a very long day, about to work for no pay for a couple of hours. Then they told us what our project for the night was: Pack 5,000 grocery bags full of food that would then be transported and given to the poor and needy at an event in Sacramento, CA. And for the next hour and forty-five or so, Julie & I completed our task of stuffing about 7,500 packets of ramen noodles in about 2,500 grocery sacks.
And you know what's interesting? I can't remember the last time I smiled so much...or at least for that long! Isn't that weird? Isn't that so contrary to what we would expect in such circumstances? Our "human logic" would tell us that: after a long hard day, you'd be much better off reclining in your Lazy-Boy and flipping on the TV than standing on your feet for a couple hours of serving.
On my way home that night, I remembered the most-forgotten secret of life. In fact, even when we remember the secret, we scarcely believe it to be true. It's a secret that's tucked away in the book of Acts. And the writer of Acts got it from the apostle Paul. And the apostle Paul said he got it from Jesus, himself: "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35 NLT).