So many times when we hear the words service and outreach we think of becoming a missionary and moving to some dark, undeveloped country where we could be imprisoned and beaten or any other number of torturous things.
And some people are called to those areas. But service and outreach are part of every believer's calling—no matter where you live or what you do—you can be a doctor, lawyer, cashier, teacher, mom, or even be unemployed and God still calls you to serve him by serving others.
In this issue of Kyria, we're focusing on the spiritual disciplines of service and outreach. We'll talk about finding and using the passions God has placed within you, how to understand and practice real service, and what to do when you just don't enjoy serving other people.
Recently I read a quote that I think sums up this issue well:
The author writes: "Today I will spark life into my belief. I will be faith when there is doubt. I will be hope when there is a need. I will be love to those around me. Today I will destroy my fear and live what I believe. I am faith; I am hope; I am love.
May our service and outreach bring love, hope, and faith to those around us, and may it bring great joy to our God.