Friday, March 31, 2017
I need a light
by Tomya Peters
I love seeing people so eager to serve. Those who truly have open arms to give. Not all of us share so easily. Worse than that we don’t even recognize the need. It could hit us on the head and we’d miss it.
My husband will give me a “whoops” kind of look as he has already opened his mouth to offer to give money, tools or even his truck away. He has even offered my services to help others. I do love this about him. He never offers anything of mine that he wouldn’t already give of his own. It's one of the areas of his life that shows me his generosity compared to my tight-fistedness.
Being marriage or having a close friend with a different gift set works well at pushing us to greater acts of service in areas we need help letting go in. It’s the differences that bring us friction at first, and then growth to go beyond our comfort zones. In this area, I’ve learned it is just stuff, no matter how hard we have worked for it, memories it holds or our questioning if others will respect its worth or not. It all belongs to God and we must continue to live an example of good stewardship in all areas of our lives but give others the opportunity to be blessed and see how much God loves them through our giving.
So, I ask you; what are the more important things we can be ready to give away? Now while you are thinking about this a bit let me tell you a story I witnessed a couple years ago while at the school where I was an Aid for the sixth-grade ELA classes.
I was out in the hall working on a bulletin board when one of the teachers stepped out of her room and shouted, I need a light!
I loved working with my sixth-grade teachers. They are always ready to lend a hand to each other. I've watched them cover classes for each other, share work they put hours into, and even gather in prayer over concerns for their students or personal needs.
No sooner than the words flew out of her mouth, teachers ran out of their rooms with lamps in their arms. Floor and table lamps of different sizes and colors. Lamps they obviously needed and had purchased for their own classroom.
This little clip is forever on a USB memory stick plugged in and on repeat of this event in my mind, with the song "Send the Light" playing in the back ground. If she had needed a book or assignment when she called out I may have missed this message from God.
The call is all around us every day. My story with its literal application of a needed light may not sound as obvious as it was to me first hand. Maybe it isn't a shout out for immediate salvation and healing for help but a silent less obvious yearning for hope. It could be hidden within a brief eye contact or a text asking, “How are you today?”. Whatever means are used to get your attention from someone, jump up and take the light. You may be just the gospel light God is trying to send to save a soul today.
Matthew 5:15-17 (HCSB)
No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.