Some people ask me what I do for a living and I then tell them I am a Pastor. One man replied “A plasterer that’s great, they always come in handy!”

I love what I do.  

What do I do then?

I serve.  
I serve others in church and outside Church. Not only do I serve but I count it it a privilege to serve. I believe the blueprint for service is following Jesus and how He came to serve and not be served. 

I love that there is a local church in my case Lisburn Elim where I get to practically and spiritually serve others. I count it a privilege to serve through preaching and teaching God’s word to them week after week, even on days when I am not on form. Pastor Bill Crawford once told me this “Darren you can’t preach well every week and don’t forget the bounce effect” to which I said “What is that?” He said “a preacher bounces off the congregation and the congregation bounces off him.” I’ll admit I’ve a had a few Sunday mornings where I have not been bouncing. 

Maybe you too serve in church and I get that there will be days when people are going to grind your gears, where maybe life gets a little hectic for you but I want to encourage you to keep serving. Serve with a smile, serve with joy, serve others let them see something of Jesus in you. 

Whether it is in a worship team where you have the privilege of leading others to God in worship, that is an awesome privilege. Maybe it is teaching children in Sunday school, that is a privilege of the highest importance to make a difference in young lives. Maybe you serve with youth, the elderly, evangelism, visitation, prayer ministry. I could go on all day, see it is a privilege.  

As a pastor of a church nothing encourages me more than seeing other people serve in church and how that can have a tremendous effect. Where they come and just willingly muck in and say it is not about them or their preferences. I love how Paul puts this in Romans 12:10 “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” ‭Romans‬ ‭12:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Last night our church put that into action at our Christmas dinner and thanks to all who literally served and outdid one another in showing honour. This Sunday will be the same with people who will have worked hard to serve the church towards our nativity. Next week we are out in the community singing carols it’s so simple but it could in some small way make a difference in someone’s life. 

So keep serving, keep giving your all, keep giving your best. It makes a bigger difference than you realise. 
Happy Christmas 

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