The joy of helping others.
A woman that I had just met told me an incredible story yesterday.
She was 74 years of age and her husband had passed away recently. One
of the things that she did to keep active was clean the church. I am
sure it was also a way to fill in the time; a void that her late
husband had left. She had an amazing peace that her husband was now
with Jesus and she rejoiced in the fact that he would never feel pain
She described that the church paid her $25.00 per visit to clean the
church. But, that she would not be getting paid any longer. She cleaned
twice per week so, that came out to around $200.00 per month. In the
short amount of time that we talked, she made it a point to let me know
the incredible part of this story. The church had not decided to quit
paying her. She did!
Getting paid to serve was robbing her, of all her joy, working for the
Lord. And she would either do it for free, or not clean. She was
finding the work, as a way to say thank you to God for His Grace, and
for taking care of her late husband. $25.00 was a thief to her
expression of gratitude.
You can really see Jesus in people. He is everywhere. I think we expect
to make a once in a life time sighting of Him. Yes, officer. It was
really Him! He had a beard, shoulder length hair, white robe and
sandals. Of course it was Him! I see His picture every Sunday at
Look for Him today. Beyond the angry driver, away from the distractions
of the newspaper headlines, apart from the needy cell phone, separated
from our busy schedule. I hear people say Jesus has just vanished.
Maybe $25.00 is getting in our way of finding Him.
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others
and to give His life as a ransom for many." ~ Matthew 20:28 NLT
~ Tom Rogers ~
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