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Living a Life of Service…..by Meredith Hall

Meet Nu Nu and Maniese (Mineez). Both of these women impacted me in amazing ways this week. Nu Nu let me crouch down next to her on the ground and scrub laundry with her using bare hands, a bar of soap, a large metal bowl, and water from the canal (which her 6 yo daughter carried back by the gallons). I sat with her on the muddy ground while a translator allowed us to have a conversation. As she scrubbed the clothes, her 6yo brought her the 12 month old to nurse while she continued to wash the clothes.

Maneise is a joyful 70 year old woman who taught me how to cook beans and rice in a skillet over an open fire between two one room huts that she shared with her son, his wife, and their four children. She told me her story of losing her husband and battling cholera over the past five years. Her life was marked with, what my first world mind, would call heartache and headache. But her laugh and smile lit up my heart and everything around her.  Not only did she teach me to cook but she sang in her loudest most beautiful voice, her favorite church hymn.

I️ am forever changed by these two women. I️ saw Philippians 2:3-8 lived out by watching, learning, and listening to their life stories.

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  Philippians 2:3-8

They were humble servants putting the interests of others well above the comforts of themselves.  It impacted me a lot this week..”serving is inconvenient, uncomfortable, and humbling.  Living out humility can’t be done without serving. In serving, you will become more like Christ.”

It has been so humbling to watch these women and many others as they give themselves daily to the service of their families and community every day.  I️ pray for myself and my own family, as we head back to the comfort of our washing machines, ovens, and air conditioning, that we remember Nu Nu and Maneise and their humility and joy as they served their families in such a Christ like way and be moved to do so with my own family and community.   I’ll be honest, I️ serve my family but I️ don’t always have an attitude of humility and joy.

What are ways you are humbly serving others, and is it out of obligation or out of humility and the joy of your heart?

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