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    by Susan McGrath

Jolly Good Service
Date Posted: February 5, 2005

My husband enjoys watching the British parliament on C-SPAN. The members are remarkably animated, though usually good-naturedly.

Shouts of "Here, here!" are often heard and there is much poking fun even during serious discussions and at important officials such as the prime minister.

I can't help but contrast that with our congressional proceedings in the United States, where often most of the seats are empty and no one seems to be passionate about the discussion, muchless enjoying themselves.

I'm afraid I have been guilty of this in my Christianity. Going through the motions. Singing a song or teaching a class just because it's what I was supposed to do. Not thinking about the impression I might make on those watching me, or how my actions will ripple out and affect others.

There are so many wonderful ways to serve the Lord and others, to express His wonder and power! I pray that I won't waste time doing so only halfway or with an attitude that will discourage or dishearten those observing me.

Our service to the King should be met with a "Jolly good!" or an "Amen!" Any effort that doesn't merit those responses is less than our best!

"But be sure to fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you." -- 1 Samuel 12:24

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Biography Information:
Susan McGrath is:

a recovering journalist trying to encourage others and glorify God through writing;

living the small-town life with husband Tim and sons Lincoln, 12, and Sawyer, 6;

completing a few put-off writing projects while using chocolate for therapy.
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