A human being lives, but he is given life.
New King James Version (NKJV)
25 But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, co-worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs. 26 For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. 29 So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ. He risked his life to make up for the help you yourselves could not give me.
Thought of the Day
“When you do little things for others, you do big things for Jesus.”
My parents amaze me. They showed me what true love meant about 4 years ago. My parents love to be on the go, even if is just going to watch pee wee football. But my grandmother became ill and over time she started to need more and more help and they began helping to care for her.
During the next few years, my mother and father often fed her, dressed her, and helped her do anything she couldn’t do for herself. And this became harder and harder every day, imagine a mother and daughter literally changing roles? I truly learned what it meant to be a humble servant from watching them.
Even though they were had to stay at home and take care of her, they never thought of giving up, even when you could see that it was taking a toll on their health as well. They continued until the fall of 2010, when my grandmother past away and our family said goodbye to her for the last time.
My parents remind me of Epaphroditus, who sacrificially cared for Paul’s needs (Philippians 2:25-30). What examples of caring, love, and compassion! Not all of us, of course, could set aside our lives to give as they did. But their sacrifice can teach us all about the value of servanthood. I can only hope to be like them.
True greatness does not come to those
Who strive for worldly fame;
It lies instead with those who choose
To serve in Jesus’ name. —D. De Haan
Personal Reflection and Discussion