“Becca!”, she called. “Yes, mama” was her shrill reply. “Where have you been all day?”, her mother said sternly. Stepping back a few steps, she stuttered “But mama, I, er, I was cleaning out the stables with Laban.” “And you promised I could go chat with Moriah for a while.” she replied with a pout.
“Well”, her mama said while sifting the wheat in a brown basket, “now we need some water for the evening meal. Go fetch some water with the red jar and come back quickly.” Rebekah literally fled towards the well with the nearest jar she could find. She wanted to be home on time to finish her little chitchat with Moriah before the evening meal.
As she approached the well, she found herself staring curiously at a pensive old man at the well. He was hunched over his bag one moment, the next moment, he was staring into the distance muttering to himself. He looked like a stranger and she noticed his eyes light up a little when his eyes met hers.
FTo cut the long story short, she not only served the man water, she also watered his cattle and took him ‘home to mama’. Hours later, she was no longer known as Rebekah the daughter of Bethuel, she also became the betrothed wife of Isaac. Mind you, Isaac was one of the most desirable bachelors in Canaan and heir to one of the wealthiest men in the land. The old man had been there in search of Isaac’s bride.
There are opportunities that will only be found in the place of service. Ask any honest and hardworking person who has made it to the top of their field. One thing they may tell you is that doors literally opened to them either in the place of service or after they had gone out of their way to serve others. Am I saying, become a slave to everyone around you? No! What I am saying is, find areas where you can utilize your gift and get to work.
In your neighbourhood, there are opportunities for service. There are things you can do to build up others. In your workplace, place of worship, çyour school, everywhere you find yourself; there are opportunities to serve others. Don’t conclude that there isn’t.
Look again, you’ll find a niche where you can improve some person’s life with your gifts. Find out the things you love to do or can do then start doing them. You may not be paid for them but you will get better at them as you use them.
Having studied a few biographies, I have come to the conclusion that the pathway to greatness is constructed with avenues for service. Opportunities to serve = Opportunities to be great.