Ridiculous Service

Erin Davis 11/22/12 | Twitter: @ErinGraffiti
Category: Myself ; 12 comments

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your day is filled with gratitude, love, and extra helpings of mashed potatoes.

In the midst of all of that, I'd like to propose you do something ridiculous—the dishes. It may seem silly (and messy!), but I'd love to encourage you to seize this teen girl washing dishesonce-a-year opportunity to serve the people you love the most by doing the dirty work for them. No one wants to scrub pots and pans after Thanksgiving dinner. It's a colossal chore (and I'm pretty sure it's the reason paper plates were invented!). That's why I think you should bless the socks of your family by offering to tackle the dishes yourself.

Try something like, "Mom, you relax. I'll wash the dishes this year." Pick her jaw up off the table followed by her plate and get to scrubbing.

It's not that I simply want you to practice your domestic skills or give your granny a heart attack, but I think the simple act of doing the dishes is a great way to live like Jesus.

Matthew 20:28 reminds us, "Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

If the King of Kings didn't expect to be served, neither should we. If God in the flesh was intentional about serving others, we should be too.

Philippians 2:3 urges us, "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves."

Our mission is to live like others are more important than we are. The fancy church word for that is humility, which simply means to ditch me-centric living for others-centric living. Service is the unmistakable side effect of a humble heart.

So eat up. Give thanks. Take a nap. But somewhere in the midst of all that, do the dishes or find another way to serve your family members. If your dishpan hands can handle it afterward, hop back on the blog and tell us how ridiculous service impacted your Thanksgiving.

Until then ... I am thankful for you. May God bless you richly as you bless others today.


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    A New Outlook
    on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 1:31 am
    I always end up doing the dishes after our huge family's meal and tend to smile while doing it on the outside but have a sour attitude about it on the inside, grumbling to myself about my other cousins (I'm the 5th youngest of 20 first cousins!) being off doing what they want to instead of helping. Thanks so much for reminding me to serve with a joyful heart "heartily, as unto the Lord"! I've been praying that tomorrow I'll get an opportunity to share the gospel with my little cousins from out of state and maybe God will use something in this to open the door!
    Thanksgiving Dishes!
    on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:56 am
    I go to my grandparents house for thanksgiving and usually two of my aunts tackle the dishes (they do have a dishwasher) but I will try my best to do them by myself or at least help my aunts.
    on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 9:51 am
    I am excited and happy that I will do the dishes this year. I hadn't even thought of that, but YES, super excited. I wanted to help out somehow, but my Mama does all of the cooking, so I didn't know what to do. Normally, the men do the dishes so the women can take a break. But, this year, the men and women will be taking a break. Dishes, HERE I COME! :) <3
    YAY (2)
    on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 11:00 am
    SOO, I just told my whole family at breakfast that I would be doing ALL of the dishes today, breakfast, lunch, dinner,and all of the snacks in between. Done by me. They were all SO grateful, and happy. I didn't feel like, "Oh, I am so great, I am doing this great service." I feel like, "Wow, I get to serve my awesome family. They are such a blessing to me!" While I was doing the dishes this morning, I was struck by my awesome family. They do so much for me. So, today, I am truly grateful for my wonderful family. Sure, we have a big family, 9 people in all, but they are 9 amazing blessings. So, thank you, Lies Young Women Believe, for challenging me to do somethign a little hard, a little inconvenient. But, wow, I am so HAPPY! :)
    Kathryn Hamilton
    GREAT IDEA and POST!!!
    on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 11:19 am
    first off YAY BRITTANY!!! Awesome job by the grace of our God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) Proud of you girl!
    Second, Erin, this was a fantabulous post! Loved this:
    "Our mission is to live like others are more important than we are. The fancy church word for that is humility, which simply means to ditch me-centric living for others-centric living. Service is the unmistakable side effect of a humble heart."
    I'm the oldest of 6, and we're doing Thanksgiving for our side of the family this year. While I don't know if mom'll go for it, LOL, I'll try to take over the kitchen sink after dinner!!!
    thanks for an ENCOURAGING POST/CHALLENGE instead of something that makes us feel as though we cant measure up/ guilty/ or HAVE TO SERVE-- we GET TO!!!
    Kaylee S. Smith
    It Went Well!!
    on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 4:37 pm
    It went wonderfully today! We do our Thanksgiving 'big meal' at lunch instead of dinner. I did the breakfast dishes, lunch ones, and then I'll do the dinner ones, too, with the mind set of, "Here's how I can serve and bless my family. How God would want me to!" Thanks so much for, not only the idea, but also for the encouragement to go thru with the idea! God bless y'all on this beautiful day!!

    ~ Kaylee S. Smith
    on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm
    Thanks for the post! I helped my mom rinse dishes, so I did help, but my Thanksgiving was nice. It was nice to have family over.
    YAY (3)
    on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 6:29 pm
    Haha, this will be my last post, FOR REAL! I just wanted to drop a note by, I have done the dishes 6 times today! AND we haven't even had our "big meal" But, let me tell you, I feel great. It's been great being in the kitchen with my mom, helping out, and cleaning. I have counted SOO many blessings today while my arms were covered in soapy water. I really do LOVE my family. I am so blessed by them.

    Girls, I challenge you to take this challenge (I know, it's later now, but aren't their ANY dishes that you could wash? EVEN a FORK?) It speaks volumes to people. Even if no one says thank you, and no one even notices, do you know who does? Jesus. I value his opinion so much more than others. So, do it for His glory, out of a thankful heart, to praise His name!

    Wow, this is the BEST Thanksgiving E-V-E-R! Thank you again, Erin!

    <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm
    Give thanks! Though my day did not go so well, that's how holidays are at my house. People disapprovin of my choices and decisions in life because they are too "Godly." Through all of that, it's just how my family is and i take it as a compliment!:) I did do dishes, yay! I always do, everyday. For Thanksgiving, it was cleaning and shopping from early this morning and until the guests arrived. At the end of the day, i can be thankful. I can always be thankful! My sister was here, and that is a huge blessing upon me! Always give thanks, no matter what goes on. May God bless you richly, and have a safe and happy holiday! Black Friday is approaching, while most are shopping now!
    A little late
    on Friday, November 23, 2012 at 8:02 am
    I didn't see this until now but we always work together on Thanksgiving. That's my favorite part about it. Daddy usually has little kids, and then us older girls and Mommy cook and clean almost all day. It's so fun when we make the meal and clean up together! I'm usually in charge of any pies and then I help with main dished and setting the table and anything else.
    on Friday, November 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm
    Thank you for this post. I feel like I've been failing at readily serving others, and it was a good reminder for me!!
    I don't allow anybody in the house be the dishwasher
    on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 1:35 am
    I want to take on the example of Jesus;how he used his life to serve others
    Dirty dishes always existed & I'm pretty sure Jesus experienced this task :-)

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