"My friends, you were chosen to be free. So don't use your freedom as an excuse to do anything you want. Use it as an opportunity to serve each other with love."
Galatians 5:13 CEV

Our farm house was built too close to the barn and corral; the place where our cattle came from the pasture to drink, eat in the winter and have protection from bad weather. Needless to say, in the summer we had a "fly" issue. The flies would camp out in our back yard in the shade, next to our garage; if we opened the back doors to our home, we would immediately have "company" in the house. We used different means to destroy the flies, but there was no way to get rid of all of them. We did everything except pray over them; we prayed for our cows, horses, dogs, cats and chickens, but no prayers for the flies (or snakes)! On one occasion, I asked our son and daughter if they wanted to earn some money. I would give them a nickle for each fly they killed but they didn't have to present the dead fly for the count, just tell me how many they killed. I don't remember how much they earned that day, but they jumped at the task. They not only received benefits for a "job well done," but they made a happy Momma who didn't appreciate uninvited company. We all won that day! Rewards are wonderful even if it's just a nickle; ask some little kid who is trying to fill their piggy bank! Makes you want to go out the back door and see if there are any flies around, doesn't it!

Serving others requires not only our love, but also our efforts of time, patience and talents and the day will come when we receive our rewards. As we pray for the precious friends and families who are listed on the prayer list, remember we are serving with our love.

One of the Family of God
Arlene Koehn

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