There’s a children’s song that we listen to, (with our children, because it would just be weird to sit around listening to children’s praise songs all by myself, no?), that has a line in it that goes, “No matter how simple our effort may be, we all can do something for Jesus.”. That struck a deep chord in me this morning. I so hope that I’m teaching my children that lesson. Especially as this season of life seems to take us farther and farther out of the realm of availability, or so it seems sometimes.
I look around and see this family doing this missional work. That family taking every Saturday to do that charitable deed. It’s almost debilitating when I start to measure our giving of time and talent compared to others. And therein lies the rub, right? Here’s a platitude for ya: I need to stop looking around and look UP. I learned a long time ago that we have no business comparing our insides to someone else’s outsides. And really? That’s all you can see of someone other than yourself. Their outsides. No matter what you think you might be “observing” about their behavior or actions, it all boils down to the simple truth that it’s what they are choosing to share with the rest of us. What’s actually in their heart? That’s between God and woman or man, alone. Not between God, other person, and me.
And lately, I have to keep reminding myself of that simple truth. You see, I keep comparing my works to others’ works. And I keep missing it. I keep missing that Very Important Truth – it’s not about works. And it’s most certainly not about mine! It’s about what I can do, no matter how simple. So this weekend, as I head in to a time of worship with our Church family, I choose to focus on what I can do for Jesus.
Because He did So Very Much for me. And You. And I want you to know that. And I want me to remember that. No matter how simple it sounds. Oh, yes indeedy!