Ridiculous Service

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 once-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.

About Author


Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. She is the author of many books and Bible studies including: 7 Feasts, Connected, Beautiful Encounters, and the My Name Is Erin series. She serves on the ministry team of Revive Our Hearts. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

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