So, naturally, one of the things I want my children to learn is to serve others--to open their eyes and see ways to serve. But add another stipulation to that: to recognize when an opportunity to serve is being presented to you.
Today, we had to run to the store to get a few things. We weren't in a huge hurry, so we admired the flowers outside & as we were walking in, a woman was on a bench with her dog. She stopped us to ask if we were going in the store. Honestly, I get a little weird when a stranger stops to talk to me--especially when my children are with me. But she had a kind face and I'd like to think I'm a good judge of character.
She simply needed some crackers, but couldn't go in the store because she had her dog with her. She handed us a few dollars, we went in, checked out, and got the crackers to her. She was very, very grateful.
And we felt so good for not saying, "Oh, we're too busy" or "It's just too much of a hassle with my children with me". Not to mention, it allowed me to have a wonderful discussion with Bitsy #1 about service. We can look for ways to do things for others that they cannot do for themselves.
Isn't it wonderful when we can take time to stop thinking about ways WE need to be blessed and actually bless the life of someone else?