Philippians 2:17 NASB
But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.
I love the smiles. There is nothing better than taking a tough situation or a negative thought and pushing it aside so you see the smile of the person you encounter. That is one of my favorite things to do as we meet new people through the outreach of our church.
We are in the middle of our largest outreach of the year. It is almost for the back2school event, and last night was the last registration time. We met some great people and reconnected with a lot too. I was blessed and touched by many of the conversations amidst the hot weather and the difficult times that many people are having.
One of our leaders got my attention and pointed me in the direction of a young mother and her child asking if I would go pray for them. Yesterday she finished another round of radiation as she is battling cancer. We talked about her daughter and the upcoming school year. We talked about the hope that God offers, and I had the honor of praying with this sweet lady. Yet my heart aches for the pain and struggle that they are going through.
James 5:16 NASB
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
I noticed one of our clothes closet regulars waiting to register her children. She is a Hispanic lady with four awesome kids. As I talked with them she shared with me that they were on vacation three weeks ago when her husband, the children’s father, drowned in an accident at the beach. He was 39. We talked a little more, and I got the honor once again to pray with this special father. My heart aches for them as life is much different these for this family.
Late in the evening I noticed a friend walk in the door. This awesome couple pastors a church in our area that has gone through very tough times. They have huge hearts for helping people and seeing lives changed. Several people from their church volunteered last night to help the event be even better. I so enjoyed talking with both of them about what God is doing in their church and how we are partnering together. I love being able to work with great churches and great people. We really are stronger together.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
There are more stories, but I will stop there. God put us here to make a difference, to influence people for Him and to use our lives for His good. Find a place to serve, if you aren’t. If you are serving, keep on. God has much more in store for us as we seek Him and serve others!