Today, take some time out and think about all that you have, all that you can do and all that you wish to do. For many of us this is a rather long list, for others not as long, yet still we can be happy in the knowledge of having a home, having clothes to wear and food to eat. Many of us have cellular devices, televisions, and video game councils. In short, we have many things which make our lives easier, more enjoyable and, to some degree, comfortable.
Now, give some thought to those who do not have all that you have. Think about the single parent who struggles daily. Or the family you may have as neighbors that are just keeping their heads above water. Maybe you see people who have no home, or anything to eat, or a decent place to sleep.
Looking at these people, we have much to be thankful for. Before you think “well they can do better if they wanted to.”
No, they cannot. Without pouring my heart out, I was a woman who lived as these folks do, not by my choice. I was living an abusive relationship, one that shook me to my core. I left with little more than I could place in a suitcase. With three children, no job, and no place to go. I ran to save my, and my children’s lives. It was through the grace of God working through people whom I did not know, that helped me get through this dark chapter of my life. It was because of people who showed me that I could do better, that I eventually came to this place in my life. Blessed with all the things that I have now, because I had others who were there to help me along the way.
So, on this Monday, I ask you to make a difference in someone’s life, even the smallest thing, something as simple as a pair of socks can make all the difference in someone’s world. You do not need to go out of your way, as you can find people who need help all around you. What I am suggesting is you take a moment and look.
If it had not been for nameless strangers in my life, giving me some small measure of help and dignity. I would not be where I am now. Are you willing to be that stranger in someone else’s life?
Pastor Lisa Chachula