Daily Archives: August 2, 2010

Back to Normal?

What does that mean? 

Does that mean that I will no longer have little brown faces flashing before my eyes, especially when they are closed?

Does that mean that I will drink straight from the faucet without thinking of Puri and Stephanie who can’t?

Does that mean that I will “flush” my toilet, several times a day without remembering that “they” don’t?

I don’t know that there is a normal.

I don’t think I want to go back to normal.  If I forget all that God has shown me in the eyes of a child—I don’t want to go back to normal.  If I forget the way the bell hops acted when given all our left over pizza—I ‘d rather stay the way I am today, thank you.

“No one has ever done anything for us before”, they said.

Who in our lives—that we pass every single day do we neglect to do things for?  You know what?  Sometimes they live in our very own houses.  Sometimes their toothbrush sits right next to ours.  Any little thing you can do for someone, no matter how small you may think it is, It’s not to them.  I promise. 

It’s the moon to them.  It’s the stars and the sunshine.

For your devotion today, read Matthew 25:31-46.  It’s not long…but it will help us see. (NIV)

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’

“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’

“Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Even though everyone is not called to go, we are called to act.  By giving of our time and heart felt efforts, we are obeying His Word.  When we can’t go, we can give.  If we can’t give financially, we can act.  We can do.  We can pray.

Ask Him today, “What would he have you do?”

Giving Him All,

Angie


Cafe Post-Help from the Hill

My week in Honduras forever changed my life.

Every morning I experienced the same overwhelming feeling to touch each smiling face. Many of us held on to these little ones. My friend, Krystal made a lasting impression on one young boy named, Carlos.

Every morning Carlos, and a few others met the bus carrying a load of excited missionaries, with set minds to work for Christ with all we had–with every breath that we would breathe that day. 

Every morning we smiled big smiles, knowing only a smattering of words in the Spanish language, but knowing a smile says muchos!

Every morning we prayed for our protection, as well as theirs.  Some traveled further–some stayed longer.  All dug their lives into our hearts.

For a week, my “every morning” routine was altered.  Forever it seems.  Waiting at the top of the hill, ready to carry our burdens were the children.  When it should have been the opposite.  We were the ones there to work.  We were the one there to make a lasting impact.  However, the lessons they taught us penetrated at such depth of soul, they will never be forgotten.  At the top of the hill.

At the top of another hill, much further back in time stood One among three.  Only the One could carry your burdens and mine.  1 Peter 5:7 says to “cast all your cares anxieties and worries on Him for He cares for you.” (my paraphrase)

The children were fulfilling the Word without even knowing it, simply by caring for us.  They wanted to help us every day–in every way.  They had not even known us but 2 days and already they had the desire to “help”. 

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2 NIV

At the cross, at the top of the hill hung the One who gave all to carry your burdens, heartaches and troubles once and for all.  You never have to stoop to pick them up again. 

Will you travel with me?  Up to the top of the hill to lay them down?  Once and for all.

I invite you to pray this prayer with me today.

“Dear Lord Jesus, my heart is so heavy, feeling so broken with all the burdens of life that I have tried to carry so long by myself.  Thank you for showing me today that we both don’t have to carry this load…when one of us is You.  You are my burden bearer.  I realize that now.  Thank you for giving your Life for mine.  Thank you for forgiving me of my sins as I realize I am lost without You in my life.  As I shift this load of heaviness on to You, help me not try to reclaim any of my past by my thoughts or deeds.  Show me the freedom You have just given me!  Help me to have a desire to learn of Your ways by reading Your Word.  Help me to follow Your path and not try to make my own.  I want Your desires to be my desires.  I love You Jesus.  Thank You for this gift of new life in You!  I give You my all.  In Your holy name I pray, Amen.”

Friend, if you prayed that prayer today, let me know.  We want to lift you up daily in prayer.  May the Word illuminate your life as you dig in to know Him more!

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