CHASING AWAY THE BLUES
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Tonite in our bible study, we had a “free study” night. There were only a few of us, so we decided to read our favorite passages of scripture. Mine is Isaiah 6 1-8. I love it because it starts off with Isaiah seeing the true power and glory of our Lord – He sees His splendor…he sees the the seraphim singing to Him and worshiping Him -singing Holy, Holy, Holy. Then Isaiah sees his own shame, and says Oh Lord, I am so unclean. So an angel touches his lips with a live coal, and he becomes cleansed. Then God asks the question: who will go for us, and Isaiah says “here am I – send me!” This is Isaiah’s response to God’s Glory – he becomes eager to become his servant – to represent him, to give his all for him.
Our response to God’s Glory should also be to want to serve Him with all of our hearts. But serving isn’t a burden, it’s a joy. Sometimes I forget this and I have to be reminded again. I have a history of depression, and I forget how that history was practically erased after I started serving the Lord.
Yesterday I was feeling kind of blue, so I decided to do a little bit of extra service – a project that wasn’t part of my usual routine. So, after church I hung out in my church’s warehouse and helped with the distribution of donated items to people who were victims of the fire on West Napoleon Avenue. Soon, my spirits were lifted. Not for the cliche reasons of “seeing people worse off than myself,” or because being “altruistic” feels good, but because I was having fun. Serving is fun. I had a great time, I met some people I didn’t know before, I got to know some other people better, and I got to serve.
Sometimes, our joy can be lifted by doing little unexpected and unplanned service projects. There are many ways we can find to serve every day – maybe the person sitting next to you right now needs help. I’ve listed a few other suggestions below on how you can be a blessing and chase away the blues:
Jesus Miracle Power, an addiction rehab & halfway house, is in need of sheets and blankets for twin beds. They can be dropped off at 8309 Apple Street in Hollygrove. Or contact us and we will deliver them for you.
Check out the Unified Singles Association facebook page – they have plans to go to the New Orleans Mission on the 8th of September, as well as other service opportunities.
Go to prison during the Bill Glass Weekend of Champions on the weekend of October 13-15. You can sign up at www.billglass.org/events.
Want to work with youth? Check out an organization new to the New Orleans area – First Priority – which teaches teens how to create and run Christian clubs in their schools. More info can be found at www.fpnola.org.
Want to serve people who are poor? Go to NewOrleansMission.org and sign up to help serve meals, paint or do repairs there.
Do something at church you’ve never done before – serve in the nursery, greet, go visit a member who is sick or in the hospital
Also, please begin praying about our annual Christmas outreach – we may do 2 or more this year. It’s time to start collecting hygiene items and food! Contact us at email@example.com if you want to be involved.
These are just a few opportunities, there are plenty more. Look around wherever you are – and bring some joy into your life by blessing the lives of others.