Written by Pastor April Davis
I love to serve people. It’s pretty much my mission in life. If I could own an orphanage with tons of kids or run a soup kitchen in a horrible part of town or have a consignment shop to help people with their needs, I would do it. I try so hard to notice things that lots of people do not notice. I am always thinking in my mind, “What can I do to help?” The reason I am the way I am is because of my amazing parents. I remember a time when I was on a missions trip with my dad in Mississippi. We were going to help a small church after hurricane Katrina hit. As we were travelling we stopped at a small gas station to fill up and get some snacks for the drive. I remember this old man walking around asking everyone for money, food, water, etc. People were blowing him off and putting their noses in the air as if they were offended by him asking them for money. I had such a burden on my heart to do something for this man, but I didn’t have money. My dad was paying for my food. As I was pondering what I was going to do to help him, I noticed my dad walk over to the man and was talking to him. Then dad walked up to the register and paid for my snacks and told me to go out to the truck. Dad stayed in the store for what seemed like an hour or more. I’m sure it was only a few minutes. I kept thinking to myself, “I really wish I could do something for that old man- God please bless him.” Before I knew it my dad was back in the truck. When I asked him what took so long he told me that he wanted to get some food for the old man that was begging. He told the old man to grab whatever he wanted from the store and bring it up to the cash register. So the old man grabbed a few bottles of water and some cheese crackers. Dad then told him to get some food from the deli. So the old man grabbed a sandwich. Dad paid for the man’s food and told him he would be praying for him. I’m honestly not trying to brag on my dad, but this truly made me see a glimpse of how Jesus would have been here on earth. Everyone else overlooked the old man and may have thought of him as low and disgraceful, but my dad saw an opportunity to share God’s love in a small but very impactful way.
I would like to challenge you today. Find ways in your community to share God’s love. Go out of your way to put a smile on someone’s face. Meet their earthly needs first and I’m sure their hearts will be a little more open for you to meet their spiritual needs as well. Plant that seed. You will not be disappointed. You may even feel much happier that you have done something good for someone in need.
Read: John 13:35; Matthew 20:28; Matthew 25:31-46