The sky is a beautiful canvas of pastel lilacs, periwinkles, pinks and corals, their colors blending together creating a million different hues. The sun falls asleep under the covers of the horizon, as the stars emerge and begin to adorn the night sky.
Here, there is no hustle and bustle of a city, no constant of whirring cars driving by, no deafening chatter of people in an overcrowded public space. Here, I don’t have a phone barking at me every two seconds, commanding my attention because there was a funny cat video that my friend thought was important I see.
Instead, In the simplicity of this place, in the pace of life of this community, I have been able to contemplate and learn about what it means to serve sincerely and genuinely.
Through our service at the local school, and living with other people for two weeks whom I have had to work with as a team, I have learnt how to better live out a less me-focused lifestyle; Rather, one with an outward gaze where I think more of others. Though I have never thought of myself as a selfish person, Yuendumu has shown me that I am capable of serving God so much more than I did in my normal day to day life in Melbourne. I have discovered that I have so much more to give, especially when I do it for God in his strength.
Like the widow who offered two small coins in Mark 12, I want to be able to give my all. Yuendumu has certainly shown me how I can better put this into practice through my actions. They can be as simple as making those around me a cup of tea, helping out a Neighbour assemble a flat pack, weeding out a school sandpit, baking muffins for the local nurses, the list goes on!
I wonder what it would look like if we all spent more time focusing outwardly, genuinely and sincerely serving those around us?