Here are a few observations from Snohomish City Clean-up day.
Serving builds community.
One of the neat things about the event is the chance to work side by side with others from church. We forget that one of the ways God builds connection and relationship in his people is as we invest in his kingdom together. As C.S. Lewis said, “It is when we are doing things together that friendship springs up – painting, sailing ships, praying, philosophizing, and fighting shoulder to shoulder.” (Or pulling weeds. Or pushing wheelbarrows. Or heaving shovels.) As we stand and work together, God builds the kind of community we long for.
Serving is a pretty cool way to disciple our kids
Every city clean-up we seem to get a good percentage of younger helpers (evidenced by the fact that I always run out of doughnuts with sprinkles first). It’s the greatest to see kids as young as 2 or 3 with their parents working together. I love seeing the energy and fun the kids bring to mundane tasks. I love seeing adults getting creative or inventing games to try and channel that energy to pick up weeds or work faster. I love seeing little kids learning how to serve, and seeing teenagers learn to deny themselves. It is good for parents to work with their kids&mdah
Serving turns us towards God
I know when I woke up Saturday morning and heard the pouring rain outside, I was not in any way feeling the joy and delight of serving others. I didn’t feel particularly spiritual in that moment either. But my simple prayer was,
Serving is what Jesus did and does.
It is such a profound but simple truth that Jesus serves us. Jesus lays down his rights and claims to give to us. He loves us, even if it costs him. When we do those simple acts of laying down ourselves for others, of doing the undesirable to meet a need even if we don’t benefit directly, we reflect the heart of Jesus. and that’s a good thing. We see Jesus clearly, and
Thanks to all who came out to serve with us for the city clean up.
You can view photos from the day here.