Well, that's easy! Dear God, how can I serve today? <pregnant pause> Nothing? Well, ok then! Thanks anyway! Have a nice day!;-)j/k ;-) <ducking & running>
I guess asking is the easy part, but listening and then being open to hearing what God has to say are the more difficult things. Listening requires attentiveness to God's voice in the midst of all the busyness and noise of my life. Being open to hearing what God has to say requires that I free my heart of the things which hold me back, my reluctance, my fear, my priorities.
It can tell myself that serving today means unloading the dishwasher so my husband doesn't have to. It's nice, and maybe it's serving others, definitely helping my family, but it's not really going out of my way, and if I'm honest, it's also self-serving. :-<great> :-/ <sigh> Back to the drawing board...or listening board. ;-); -)
Asking God how I can serve today is setting aside my agenda for today and being open to rearranging my schedule, going the extra mile, doing something or going somewhere I may not want to or "have time" to.
Serving in my mind and in God's mind may be two very different things. Waiting for the answer, openness to hearing the response, and doing what God asks are the (difficult) key to asking God how I can serve today.
Ok, here goes. Dear God . . .
I'm a wife, mom, pastor, human...probably not in that order. I struggle each day to be faithful to God, to my family and to my call as a Christian and all of those previously-mentioned roles. I pray to be positive, kind and thoughtful, but tend to fall short on all counts. I am inspired by sunrises and enjoy taking pictures (mostly my kids, deer in the yard and sunrises). I waste time playing stupid computer games and wishing I'd been better at all of the aforementioned roles. ;-)