How can one make a difference?
Opportunities abound. However, all of us will agree that our desire to make a difference and our availability to do so don’t always match.
It is easy to become discouraged and to believe that there isn’t much we can do, until you are confronted by special people who won’t waste time thinking about what could be done but get busy doing whatever they can – no matter how “little” their contribution might seem.
Diane was one of those people. I had the privilege of having her in my small group and calling her my friend for a couple of years.
Though she was new at following Christ, shortly after becoming a member, she signed up to help at the Vineyard’s Food Bank, volunteering to sort donated clothes one day a week so that they could be more easily available to the low-income families in our community who come to our church seeking help.
Diane also contributed with her prayers. Every time one of us at group brought up a prayer request, our dear sister earnestly interceded for us, fully believing that God would intervene on our behalf. She would follow up with us afterwards to find out what was happening with that particular situation and how she could better pray for it. In fact, the last conversation I had with Diane was about how to better keep up with her growing list of prayer requests, which she kept in a prayer book.
Recently, our beloved sister went to be with the Lord after a short illness. How we are going to miss her as well as her sweet laughter, gentle demeanor, and faithful prayers for each of us and our loved ones! She touched so many lives with her “small” acts of service, even people she didn’t even know.
One thing about Diane that was so endearing was her desire to know God more. During our most recent small group meeting, as we all cried and reminisced on her life, all of us girls realized that the Lord had actually granted Diane’s heart’s desire – for now she knows Him and delights in his presence.
Rest In Peace, our sweet and dear friend. Thank you for teaching us that in Christ there are no excuses or limitations to serve, to love and to bless others wholeheartedly.