This morning, a high school teacher called the Christian radio station I was listening to, tearfully expressing the overwhelming fear and anguish she felt after hearing of yet another school shooting.
“I’m not concern for my safety; I know where I’m going,” she expressed about her eternal destiny. But Her concern and frustration was over the limited opportunities she felt that she had to share the hope of Christ with her students.
Oh, how I identified with this precious sister’s feelings! I too tend to struggle feeling like I don’t do enough to reach people for Christ – especially when I’m confronted with the huge need I see for God’s love and provision.
Last night, however, I experienced something very different. A breather you could call it, but to me it felt more like a huge gulp of pure oxygen. I sensed this while driving home after my small group meeting, when it donned on me that the “little” I do for God’s Kingdom does make a difference in people’s lives.
You see, my sisters and I had such a great meeting! We laughed, ate and talked like girlfriends do, but we also had a chance to speak truth to each other and to encourage and pray for one another. And this type of incredible, wonderful gatherings have consistently taken place ever since I decided to say yes to God’s prompting to lead a women’s care group.
Please don’t take me wrong. I don’t think for a second that any of this occurs because of me. God is the One who brings healing, encouragement, truth, hope and joy to our meetings. But He gives me the amazing privilege to partner with Him to make it happen.
So as I heard this compassionate teacher’s genuine concern over the radio, I wished I could’ve had a way to tell her that even though her work might not seem like much, her love and concern for her students does make a difference. And I would be sure to tell her that to God – and to the kids and families she influences – it is more than enough.
How do you, dear reader, feel about your contribution to God’s work? Do you also feel like it isn’t enough?