I must have been around 13 years old. We attended a church that met in a school every Sunday and our service was in a half circle, bowl shaped area. I have no idea what the pastor preached on that day. I don’t remember the songs we sang or even which church it was.
What I DO remember is that a man started crying during the service. He was about 5 rows ahead of us across the aisle. And he was crying hard. I was worried about him and kept looking around for who was going to help him. I searched the aisles expecting to see a pastor or elder go to him. But no one came.
Then the chair next to my mom was empty and I saw my dad walking down the aisle. He put his arm around the man and they went out of the service to talk.
I was so proud.
And I learned a huge lesson.
Are you ready for it?
I need to be the one. I need to stop looking around for someone else to help and step up. God doesn’t just call pastors and elders. He doesn’t just call missionaries and ministry leaders. He calls each one of us. He calls us every single day. Look around you. Where do you see a need you can meet? Where do you see a hurting person you can love? Each person you encounter is a person you can share God’s love with. In every single moment of your life, you have a choice. To shine God’s love to a world that desperately needs it, or to turn away and ignore the need.
I don’t want to ignore the need.
If God says, go, I’ll go. If God says, open the door, I’ll open it. If He says, feed the hungry, I’ll feed them.
I am ALL IN for the one who gave it all for me.