Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross! Philippians 2:1-8
Months ago now, the Lord was leading me to take a step of faith and trust Him with a next step of obedience. I wanted to do more. I wanted to serve well. I have the time and the resources so I was praying for what He might bring. I was also very proud of my college friend, Jenny Blount for taking her huge step of faith and starting this whole ministry called The Orphan Door. Amazed and inspired at what God was doing though one act of obedience from her, I reached out. And after months of planning, praying, and preparing we were hosting our very first Mother Daughter Princess Tea in Conway, AR. When the days were tough in planning, I’d simply whisper “its for the orphan” to myself and push through. I know God’s heart. I don’t even have to pray about that – He is very clear in scripture that He is the Father to the orphan and wants them well taken care of by His people. Me. I’m His. It’s my honor and privilege as His child to care for them. The Tea was fantastic and a fun way to serve and see my community serve and love Orphans they’ve never met!!
But, I knew I needed to go. I needed more of this – it was this force compelling me – DO more. Be there. Go see. Hold. Love. Touch. Get more involved with this. So, I went. This passage reminded me today of my trip to Guatmela. That not looking to my own interests but others and serving humbling are the call for believers. For me. They are my calling. Then, when I got to there and got to see their faces, these sweet precious eyes staring back at mine, hugging my neck, loving me when they had no reason to, I was even more humbled. So much joy flooded my heart.
Another sweet a gift of the Lord were the team members. Our team was bonded together in a way I can only explain as “be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” The Lord gifted this team with such amazingly talented doctors, OTs, PTs, nurses and faithful servants. Hearing their life stories while walking to dinner or praying over children together bonded us. Everyone served one another in a way that felt so Kingdom-minded. Serve one another.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Since I got home, I’m processing this idea of life and death in a lot of new ways. What I believe brings me life, usually doesn’t. Life comes when I lay down my mine for another. When serving others becomes my daily routine. When dying to what my flesh wants and letting the Spirit in me win, that’s life. I know He’s calling me to more. I still very this very strong compelling desire to do more. I think I’m learning that serving is like that – its make you want more and more of it because it’s so fulfilling. So satisfying. It’s His heart loving though me and I want more of that always in my life.
Today, I am reminded that I can be united with Christ and share in His spirit because I am adopted as His daughter into His kingdom and I got to experience that in a whole new way as I held the most precious orphans and my heart flooded with thankfulness and joy. We are His. These sweet babies, they are His too.