Little Servant

This weekend I was so blessed by a little girl who has been coming to church for the past few weeks.  Her name is Ranaja, she is 7 years old, and the cutest little girl!  Ranaja is always running from one staff member to another giving hugs and giggling infectiously.  But besides being a sweetheart, she is also a great helper.  On Saturday night she asked to work like many kids do, butecause we often have so many kids who want to work our policy is that they can only work for 10 minutes so that everyone gets a chance to earn a little extra money.  Ranaja worked her 10 minutes in the kitchen, but when Meghan told her she could go Ranaja begged to keep working.  Meghan told Ranaja that she wouldn’t get paid for any more work thinking that would stop the begging (as it usually does).  However, Ranaja was not at all discouraged.  She replied, “You don’t have to pay me anything; I just want to help!”  Ranaja proceeded to help in the kitchen for 45 more minutes.  She was so excited to be able to help.  When I walked in she announced that she was going to “stay until its all done!”  Ranaja did just that, she helped until the kitchen was clean and then she ran to the sanctuary to ask Pastor Rich if he needed any more help in there.  She spent several more minutes helping out in the sanctuary.  She was laughing and beaming through all of this and announcing how much she loved helping.  This little incident reminded me of what service is all about.  The Bible says, “The Lord loves a cheerful giver.”  When we give of ourselves with a smile and joy (just like Ranaja) we bring joy to God.  What a blessing for Him and us!

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