I want to do big things for God. Huge worthy things. Things that change the world!
Reality check. I'm a single Mom with a small business and two busy kids. Every night is a mad rush to prepare for school, sports, church,
homework, chores and a semblance of meals. Not your Grandma's yummy home cooked meals, but any old fast food or TV dinner that will fill up
tummies and get us into bed in time to start the rush all over again tomorrow.
So how can I do something for God. Or anyone else. After all, it takes time. And I don't have any. Or so I tell myself. But is
that really true?
Last night I was at prayer meeting. We prayed for an older couple in our church. She just had her third surgery in about a week-to remove gunk
building up in her lungs after her two bypass surgeries. Her husband, Pete, can't drive because he has mini-strokes that cause him to lose his vision and has been blind during most of this ordeal. Our church and others are providing meals and help, and with my schedule I really didn't see how I could do anything for him except say a prayer.
After church I had to run a friend of my daughter home. On the way back we were near Pete's home. I decided to run by to see if he was up, say
hi and ask if I could perhaps pick up some groceries. It was about 8:45pm and I thought he might already be in bed. But all the lights were
blazing so I rang the bell and we were invited in. Pete was happy to see us but said his neighbors were helping with trips and he really didn't have any big needs. A few more minutes and we were headed home.
I sort of felt it was a wasted trip. After all, Pete really didn't need any help and once again I hadn't done any big thing for God or the world.
Until Pete called this morning. To tell me how happy he was that we had stopped by. To say how he had really been feeling down and how we cheered him up. And would it be possible for us to come over one night to play dominos while Muriel was in the hospital. He would really like
that. I realized that I had done something very big for God. And for the world,my world. The one I can affect by giving a few minutes of my time to cheer a lonely friend who would never ask for that time. I don't need hours or big gestures. God can use my minute ministries to great effectiveness. Wow!!! That excites me. It gives me value to know that my tiny efforts can have a big impact. I touched a life in the tiny
bit of time I had available.
And so, tonight, the one night this week which happens to be free, the kids and I are going over to Pete's to play dominos. Because last night I gave a little piece of myself and was given a great gift of understanding in return. Tonight I am going to play a simple game of dominos. And I am going to change my world.