Beating the Heat

IMG_0943It’s the end of July, and it is hot out there. We are concerned about staying in the shade and drinking cold beverages so our bodies can regulate themselves.

Many summer activities are not about getting out of the heat, but staying hydrated as we engage in outdoor activities like going to the ball park, riding bikes, playing at the water park, or going to the lake. We are so busy having fun that we are unconcerned about the heat.

That is the rub. For us to be even slightly uncomfortable, we have to be doing a recreational activity. The same level of discomfort at church services or doing volunteer work is unacceptable.

What does this say about your willingness to do as the popular “Christian” question asks– “What would Jesus do?” I can tell you what he would do. He would worship and serve even if it is uncomfortable.

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

I am as guilty as anyone else of demanding my comfort and fun. Oh Lord, forgive my selfishness. May I gladly and willingly serve God even if my surroundings are hot or uncomfortable. May I more often do as Jesus would do.