By Lisa McCloy
As I sit in my home on this Saturday morning before Christmas, I am enjoying a few quiet moments(in the midst of the holiday craziness) to reflect on the past year and to contemplate on the upcoming new year. The first thought that rolls through my consciousness is, “Where did this past year go?” That thought is quickly followed by, “What will the new year bring?”
As I think back over the moments of 2013, so many of the highlights of the past year are relational in nature. I am loving the new dynamics of interacting adult children, becoming an empty nester with my husband and having the time to reconnect with old friends and deepening relationships with new friends. God made us to be relational, to be in community, to connect on deeper levels. Relationship with others is a basic human need.
Building healthy relationships is also something that the core team at Bless Back has been discussing and wrestling with in regards to our service to others. We are committed to growing healthy relationships with our ministry partners and with those we encounter in the areas where we serve. So as we begin to plan for 2014, let’s take a quick look at how we might better serve those in need, whether through a BBW project or just on our own. How can we actually build a relationships with those we serve? I’ll give you a quick peek of an acronym that will be the foundation for all BBW service in 2014 and forward.
The word is HEART.
Humility/Humbleness–when we serve we need to humble ourselves and realize that we are just as broken and needy as those we serve albeit in different areas of our lives. We need to have a desire to serve rather than lead. We need to embrace mutual brokenness.
Empower-we are in service to build up and encourage through long-term relationship. we engage those we serve in the process not just do it for them. Empowerment is a long term process.
Adaptability – we serve with their needs in mind, not ours, local ministries take the lead, we slow down and let the process become more important that the end product
Respectful–we preserve the dignity of those we serve, we recognize and embrace cultural differences, we respect the authority of the local ministry partner
Thankful– we appreciate and recognize what God has been doing in these communities for ages; we recognize and appreciate the assets of the local community
So as we prepare for another new year, let’s reflect on how we can not only work on deepening the relationships in our personal lives but also with those individuals in the poverty stricken areas where we serve. We need to commit to valuing the person and building the relationship. I invite all who read this to take time to serve in 2014. We would love to have you serve with us at BBW on a short term team abroad or locally in the Charlotte area.
Have a blessed 2014!!