*Seize the opportunity to serve

 *So as we focus on Christ, we also are to focus on those He has brought into our lives. We should maximize our liberty in Christ by loving people through service:”…serve one another through love. For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement:’Love your neighbor as yourself'”(Gal. 5:13c-14).

  One of the top-ranking adjustments to widowhood has been not being a “WE”. In conversation that “we entity” is just there. My husband and I did everything together. Concerning joining in a church trip someone stated:”She doesn’t go anywhere without her husband.” I still feel that way. My tastes now are a melding of what “we” liked. My color preferences are “ours”. I decorated sparsely, in white before our marriage . I now run my hand over the wooden pieces with appreciation and the memories of acquiring each item.

  My husband was a pack-rat. With each move we had to give things away . Every item had significance to him. We did not merely donate but gave things away to people and organizations that really enjoyed them. We lugged around his tools long after his health allowed him to use them. With duress my husband allowed “UTurn for Christ”, a men’s home for Christian men transitioning from the prisons,to come and pick up his tools. As he watched the men go through the tons of tools he was elated! Those men were so appreciative and amazed at my husbands generosity. All of them where in need of their own tools for jobs they where doing.

  Gal. 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.

  So, it’s time to broaden the “We”. How can I best serve my church members, my neighbors, my friends, my family? The opportunities to serve are endless.

   If ever I love Thee, My Jesus, ’tis now.