Ministering Electronic Messages
We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. Romans 15:1-2
A week before Christmas I received an unexpected text message from an acquaintance looking for a person (recommendation, not me) to serve in ministry. A few days after that a message from someone I served on a committee with who had just heard that I’d stepped down from the Associational VBS Director position (I resigned in October. We have a bit of a communication breakdown somewhere.). And not long after I stepped into that conversation, I was tagged in some pictures of a gift I gave someone that their family was having fun with.
I mentioned how stressful holidays are for me in this post, so I won’t go over that again. However, as I sat down and did my Bible reading this morning I couldn’t help but think about how much a person’s outlook can change in just a few weeks.
See, I live my faith out loud. You don’t have to know me well to know that. I don’t claim to be perfect, don’t try to hide my sin behind my Bible, my works, or my church attendance, but I’m not quiet about who I am.
And until the above mentioned contacts, I probably would have continued on that path of silence.
Because I was tired.
Because I was worn out.
Because I felt like a failure.
Because I didn’t want to have to pretend to be happy.
Because I felt like I was letting everyone else down.
Because it was quiet in the cave and no one even tried to follow me in.
Then right before Christmas God sent some individuals to contact me, via electronic communication 🙂 , and start waking me back up.
I want to encourage us, this morning, to be faithful in the small things. If you were to ask any of the three individuals who sent me something before Christmas if they had any idea God was using them to loose the scales from my eyes, I don’t believe any one of them could tell you yes.
You are still part of the Church.
Someone does notice that you have left.
Your gifts, even when they seem small, can be used by Me.
You see, even those of us who talk directly to God regularly need to see Him through the love of other humans. Reach out to someone today. Even if it seems small and inconsequential. It could be the difference between blindness and sight for that individual!