… everybody, somebody, anybody

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This week, I essentially posted about actively BEING a Christian to the world. On being willing to love and serve people in whatever capacity they need it. (You can read my article here.)
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I believe that often times we overlook the needs of people because of stereotypes or just plain old ignorance to what they are dealing with. If we don’t understand a person’s struggle, aren’t directly impacted, or don’t know them on a personal level, it can be difficult to move past the ‘oh that’s terrible. I feel horrible for her/him.’ to doing anything to help ease a burden by stepping out of our comfort zones and DOING something.

Encouraging words and prayer work wonders. I’m a firm believer in both. A little encouragement can change a person’s outlook and give them the boost they needed to get through the day. Obviously, prayer is amazing and lets our Father know we recognize our need for Him and He does hear us.

But, our Father expects us to do more than just talk. He expects us to do more than send cards or post nice words on a Facebook or Instagram feed. He expects more than a quick text in between doing this or that.

He expects us to ACT.

If I need something but everyone around me is talking to me… sending me notes… giving me hugs… and SAYING they’ll pray for me…. is my physical need being met?

Could it be that while we’re praying to God for this person’s need to be met and for that situation to improve that He has already given US the tools to meet that need and improve that situation?

Does the Father really need to come down to feed the homeless? Pray FOR the homeless absolutely… but they need food. Clothes. Shoes. A conversation. They need love in action.

We are praying for marriages and relationships to be redeemed but are we TALKING and COUNSELING these people? Are we asking them for coffee or dinner and forming relationships with them in an effort to mentor and show younger/less experienced folks how to get through what we’ve successfully gone through already?

We all need love in action in some way, shape, form, or fashion.
We all NEED someone.

Are we willing to be vulnerable enough to admit that? Are we willing to be open enough with the brothers and sisters who our Father has put at our side to support each other where and when we need it the most?
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Are we willing to step out of our comfort zones and move past the stereotypes we’ve given those who are struggling with disease, imprisonment, poverty, and homelessness?

Are we willing to use and sacrifice our time, gifts/talents, and money to support someone else…. Are we willing to GIVE out of our surplus to help someone who has less that what we do?

My heart is  truly aching for those who struggle in whatever way…. Since this journey of mine began, my mind and eyes have been opened to so much and I’m gratefully being just torn up over the things we take for granted.

I’m grateful for the opportunities I have to DO and BE of real help to those anybodies I come across in whatever way.

We can be are so selfish. So caught up in our own little worlds. Preoccupied with our overwhelming schedules.
We peer behind our tinted windows as we drive our fancy cars down streets lined with hurting, hungry people.
We browse our Facebooks and Instagrams as we have conversations of this person and that person going through whatever life has tossed them and keep going without a second thought. Well, a second thought after “That sucks.”

But, we do nothing.

Why?

Our hurting brothers and sisters don’t have to hurt nearly as much as they do. We don’t have to hurt nearly as much as we do.

If everyone lent a hand. If we cared about the somebodies who are suffering and struggling in various parts of our work places, cities, states, country, and world and chose to ACT – we could turn our world upside down.

And, what the world would see are the people of God moving, doing, serving, acting, and loving on others. The saved. The worldly. The sinful. The proud. The helpless. The widow. The orphan. The broken. The sick. The hopeless.

The beauty is we all fit or will fit in at least one of those categories at some point in our lives…..
and, if we all decide to step up, we will all be cared for.

We would show the world Jesus.

We would give the world a glimpse of who Jesus truly was.
And, who He expects us to be to them.

Sinners people saved by grace serving others.
They would see a people who are bearing fruit to the glory of God – they would see what it means to be patient and kind with another, how to faithfully, peacefully, and joyfully endure and suffer through whatever they are struggling with.

This life is hard and we need each other to get through it.
hopeLe hubby and I!
{{Our roles at church are colliding this week and we get to actively SERVE together this week… Makes for fun times and fun photo ops!!!}}
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd, yes! I am wearing our Chrome Buffalo fundraiser shirt “Hope changes everything”
(that’s only available for one more day!!!!)
I’d hoped to sell 200 shirts, but we won’t make that goal.
However, I’m so grateful for our friends and family and friends of friends and family (who don’t know us!) who have donated and given towards our adoption.
I will honestly love you forever.

… here’s to understanding struggle and being confident enough in the story God is writing for me to be painfully vulnerable and possibly a bit to open to share my journey with you.

 

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  1. Shanika says:

    Just ordered my shirt. Whew! I almost didn’t make it.

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