It’s in the myriad bloggers and authors, musicians and artists, and everyday men and women who are choosing to use their platform for God’s greater good. Right here, on this earth.
Each time I see an Exodus Road badge on a blog, every time a musician donates proceeds to World Vision, every time a church sends a team to build for Habitat for Humanity, each pair of shoes brought to children who have none by people working on the ground floor of Samaritan’s Feet, I see it. And it’s a beautiful thing to behold.
It’s in the neighbor that mows our lawn because our lawn mower is in the shop for the fourth week in a row. It’s in the community leader who organizes a rotation of meals for the family that has been struggling with medical bills from a surprise life-threatening diagnosis. I see the mom offering to watch another mom’s children during a much hoped for job interview.
I’ve been praying “Anything!” And, I want to do what I can, when I can, and how I can. At this stage of life, though, with two small children and one who needs my presence more often than typical children do, I feel limited in my ability. I don’t want to use my family dynamics as an excuse for why I “could never…”.
But, I’ve noticed something as my eyes continue to be opened to the need around me. If I continually pray for awareness of those needs, and if I stay open to the Holy Spirit’s nudgings, there are needs a’plenty. And, I can certainly do something while I wait to do anything.
I am able to donate baby mattresses to a local Domestic Abuse Shelter. I can mention a Christian Sports Organization like Upwards to those lamenting the onset of Sunday morning games in my community. I can offer free tutoring services to the single mother who struggles to make ends meet, let alone help her child succeed in school. These are all things that point people toward Jesus. And they are all actions that allow me to just do something.
Are you waiting for a big anything? Are you missing a million somethings?
Can I encourage you to open your eyes to what you can do, to be the hands and feet of Christ anywhere you can?Because, the true blessing, whether physically or spiritually fulfilled, that you will get from doing something for others? It’s immense. And immediate.
Who doesn’t want that?
I am reminded of the passage found in both Mark 12:41-44 and Luke 21:1-4 that tells us, “For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”
And, I recall the story of the widow in 1 Kings 17:8-15 who heeded to call to give even what she didn’t believe she had.
God further challenges us, in Malachi 3:10, directly, to test and see if He won’t “…pour out so much blessing we can’t contain it all.”
As if that’s not enough of a call to just do something, I want to please God. I just want to please Him. That should be enough of a reason, right there, shouldn’t it?
What is one thing that you can do? Or that you already do? Please, share! Give us more ideas for ways to be the hands and feet of Christ right where we stand? Or wherever we are being led!