Someone Needs You Today
I will never forget the many testimonies given at my sister in law Amy's funeral. Amy was the kind of girl that did everything, even with 6 kids. She sewed, baked, gardened, she made homemade baby food and fruit snacks for her kids, and then she home schooled on top of all that. She was never overly concerned about her housekeeping yet she had friends over all the time. What struck me the most during the testimonies though was the fact that even though she did all those things, she still gave of herself to the people that needed her, no matter what. She had no family that lived close to help her out or give her a break yet she was selfless and she touched many lives. I thought about how opposite I was from Amy. My life always had to be so structured, my days planned out perfectly. Everything in order. I decided I would beg God to change me, to help me be selfless. But in reality I was being selfish when I asked. I wanted people to say the same things about me someday. I never thought about the glory it could bring to my Savior. My ideas of selflessness weren't God's ideas. After my granddaughter Ellie was born, I began babysitting every day from 7:30-4 and my perfect, orderly world turned to chaos and I will be honest, I had some freak out moments. I know it sounds terrible~ how could I be upset about babysitting my precious grand babies? I was trying to be everything to everyone. The perfect pastor's wife, mom, friend and grandma. I was trying to be like Amy. I was exhausted and I cried a lot and I told my husband over and over I can't do this~but God kept whispering "yes you can, those babies need you" I didn't think I could possibly babysit both girls when Clara was born. Let me tell you, she is beyond a handful but her smile is contagious even when she is sitting on the kitchen floor in the middle of an entire box of cereal. God has continually shown me that this is His plan for me at this moment in my life. I am not Amy but God can use Charisse, just in a different way. The love and the time I give to these precious babies who think the world of grandma is most important right now. Ask God today to show you how to be selfless. Maybe someone is searching for more. You can tell them about Christ and the life He gives. Look around you with open eyes and see the hearts that need you. Whether you touch many lives or only a few, you can impact eternity for God's glory. Someone needs you today. It might not be the person you think. It might not be on a grand scale. You might not reach hundreds of lives. But you can reach one and that one will be the most important one in God's eyes.
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