The folks at Servants have been hard at it – out in the community – blazing the way during their first ever WEEK OF ACTION in York City. Tomorrow – the crew from actionchurch will join them as we lend our hearts and hands to help our neighbors in need.
All week long the emphasis on LOVE itself being the action as we move to our DAY OF ACTION kept running through my head and I wanted to take a few minutes just to give you an overview of what that might actually look like as we rise – and hopefully – shine, early tomorrow morning.
“Love is patient, love is kind.” 1 Cor. 13:4
I am certain there will be organizational snafus…..names that aren’t on lists and tools that might be forgotten. I am VERY certain that my family will not relish the fact that they will have to rise at O’dark-thirty to lug supplies. I know that there will be mix-ups and forgotten information – but let us all try to be patient and kind to each other as we work through this first ever event.
“Love does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud – “ 1 Cor. 13:4
Some of us may have “cushy” jobs that others might envy. Some of us might be proud and want to boast of our accomplishments throughout the day. Or, we may feel that a job is beneath our skills – but let’s all try to work together – HUMBLY – as we serve others. Let’s pitch in wherever there is a need and go out of our way to encourage others throughout the day.
“Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Cor. 13:5
It goes without saying that things will go wrong. It goes without saying that when those things do go wrong it is easy to get angry. It would be a normal human reaction to point the finger and the blame. – Strive to be flexible and helpful. If something doesn’t go your way – “Shake It Off”. Give God the glory for everything that DOES go right.
“It (love) always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Cor. 13:7
I was looking for a picture earlier this week and going through old blogs when I ran across the quote below. It was from some information that I gave to the crew as we headed out to serve the victims of Hurricane Sandy. I was so green, wet behind the ears, had never lead a mission trip….didn’t have a clue what we were heading in to – kind of like tomorrow. I have no idea what the DAY OF ACTION will hold – but I DO know that these words are just as important to the ” actionchurch brand ” as they were in 2012.
“I would like to remind all of you that actionchurch always goes above and beyond. If they ask us to spray two houses, let’s try for three. If they ask us to spray 20 houses – do it with a smile. If someone likes your action t-shirt – give it to them. Clean our work areas, be polite and courteous to everyone (even if they aren’t nice to you), you get the picture…..let’s just go way overboard with showing God’s love this weekend in a really big way.”
Crew – as we head off to our DAY OF ACTION – Let’s just be actionchurch. Let’s be ON-BRAND in such a way that everyone we encounter knows who we are and that we serve a God who is love.
“Love never fails…….” 1 Cor. 13:8