Have you ever experienced something that has totally changed your perspective?
This week, I attended two events that confronted and inspired me – as well as confirmed something God had already been stirring within me.
On Wednesday, DaNetta Fernandez spoke about “God’s Calling” at our church’s Women’s Bible Study. In her teaching, DaNetta dared us to believe and to act upon God’s calling for our lives and to not underestimate small beginnings.
Then, on Thursday, my kids and I went to the movies to see one of the most heartbreaking, yet heartwarming documentaries I’ve ever seen. “The Dropbox” tells the story of Pastor Lee, an ordinary man who decided to do something to save the lives of abandoned babies left on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. (Check out this incredible story on www.thedropboxfilm.com)
Since these infants are left in dark streets at night, many of them do not survive the cold. So Pastor Lee decided to build a padded mailbox on the outside wall of his house, equipped with a doorbell that rings every time a baby is left inside the makeshift depository. After first installing his mailbox, he wondered if he’d get any babies. Who would’ve told him that in only a few years’s span he would’ve saved hundreds of these unwanted children!
These two events left me with much to ponder upon, but foremost in my mind was the importance of starting by at least doing “something.”
In his book “The Power of One Thing” beloved radio host Dr. Randy Carlson encourages us to choose and focus on one thing to work on, in order to achieve our goals.
There are so many things I’d love to do; dreams that have lived in my heart for so long! But just thinking about the ways I might be able to accomplish them leaves me feeling overwhelmed and defeated – and I end up doing nothing.
Thus the impact of DaNetta’s message and Pastor Lee’s example: If I want to do something for God, I must start by doing exactly that: something! I should stop limiting myself by what I cannot do and focus instead on what I can actually do – and then go and do it. Without fanfare. Without fear. With all the heart, passion and faithfulness I can give.
I love the lyrics of this song by Matthew West:
If not us, then who
If not me and you
Right now, it’s time for us to do something
If not now, then when
Will we see an end
To all this pain
It’s not enough to do nothing
It’s time for us to do something
I don’t know about you, but I think I’m ready to stop wishing and to start doing SOMETHING! May it be to the Glory of our Lord.
Zechariah 4:10(a), Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin. (NLT)