We all have friends that we consider beautiful. Not because of their hair, makeup, clothes. It's not their external beauty. So, what is it that they have? They have eyes that see, a heart that cares and hands that share. It is the ones who call you to see how you are doing, and not because they need something. It is those who build others up, those who make you feel appreciated and those who live their lives for God's mission that are beautiful!
Our pastor recently posted on his blog: http://cuyahogavalleychurch.blogspot.com/2014/05/should-christian-women-wear-bikinis.html
I was blessed to do something for someone that I never thought I would be able to demonstrate how much they truly mean to us. Then a request came, can you make a quilt square for this very same person. YES!!!! I could not complete it fast enough. She really has a heart for others and willingness to do God's work. She is a blessing to our family and it was an honor to provide a small token of our appreciation. Many quilt squares were completed and a table runner was made as a gift for her. It was beautiful!!!
What is a Lifehouse?
We can’t love our neighbors if we don’t truly know them. Do you know your neighbors?God put you where you live on purpose. Destroy the fences that we hide behind. Be your neighbor's unexpected hero. It is amazing to watch someone's face light up when you stop by with cookies (or whoopee pies)!!!
"Many hands make light work." John Heywood, 1546
"Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does n wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." Romans 13:8-10
Here are some ideas to get you started:
What have we done? Baked cookies, mowed lawns, snowplowed drives, etc….helped friends move, helped friends around their house/yard.
Has anyone ever given you something from the heart? Has anyone gone out of their way to help you without asking? How did it make you feel? It is an amazing feeling to help another!!!!
I think we all know this information, but do we live it? Sometimes it takes a little reminder to get us up and doing. What will you do, how will you be a Lifehouse? I would love to hear from you!!!
Much info shared came from or was inspired by Cuyahoga Valley Church Pastors Chad and Rick. They are AWESOME and AWE inspiring!!!