“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6

Saturday, July 16 was our church’s annual Serve Day. Hundreds of churches and thousands of volunteers joined us as we canvassed our communities offering a helping hand. We got to be the hands and feet of Jesus and it was amazing!

Three Breath on Paper bloggers were honored to help two sisters clean out their basement in preparation for a yard sale. The work was hot and sweaty. More importantly the fellowship was inspiring.

Joni, the coordinator for our trio, started us off with prayer before we dived into the basement clean out. She prayed that we would know the junk from the things with value. That’s what serving others does for me.

It helps me search my heart to sift the chaff from the wheat. It encourages me to look deep and rid my life of hidden junk. The junk of selfishness and pride. Serving others allows me to see how I’ve been blessed and how much I have to give.

It’s also a way of allowing others to see Jesus and tangibly feel His love for them. Our Serve Day goal was to encourage the homeowners and give them hope. And of course clean the garage!

While our work on Serve Day won’t transform the entire lives of those sisters, it was a start. We hauled off the “junk” that couldn’t be salvaged or sold. (There was some debate as to what people would actually buy in a yard sale. I was overruled – a lot!) Apparently, what I saw as junk, others saw as valuable.

It was a reminder to take another look at what I have been given, and not to be so cavalier in “tossing out” dreams and hopes because they don’t look like much right now.

Our efforts were just a start, but there are those who will come back to finish the job. Before we left, another “server” prayed. She prayed that the good work we had begun would be completed and that the home owners would be blessed. 

Jesus, let it be so in every community touched by #SERVEday2016!



Hey there friend! Andrea McCaskey here. I believe everything happens for a reason, life is meant to be lived in relationship with others and there is beauty to be found everywhere if we look. I am a friend of God, wife of Jamal and mother of Brandon and Madison.

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2 thoughts on “SERVEday2016

  1. Loved it!!! I thought of the old Paul Simon song “One Man’s Ceiling is Another Man’s Floor”. My trash, your treasure. Aren’t we blessed to know that we are God’s Value!!!

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