This is one of those rare occasions when my words are few.
Two nights ago, one of our newest brothers in Christ went Home.
As only God could orchestrate, this sweet friend gave his heart and life to Jesus merely weeks ago. Now, he’s resting in Jesus’ arms. How grateful I am for God’s impeccable timing.
Last night, our little community of friends and family sat around my living room and reminisced of our friend. His sense of humor…his sense of accomplishment, even on the little things…the way he could brighten anyone’s day…his uncanny ability to grow a beard…
Tears flowed as memories flooded our minds; gentle laughter and sweet smiles buoyed us all. We only knew him a short time, at most 18 months, but this brother of ours clearly impacted our lives.
He was always smiling.
He always said whatever was on his heart.
He celebrated the small stuff.
He always did what he said he would.
We all agreed we want to be more like he was. Honest. Dependable. Loving. Helpful. A real person and a loyal friend.
As I listened to the tales of his days, I realized how even the littlest things have such a huge impact on those around us.
…A smile and jolly spirit truly can lighten someone’s load on a lonely, tiresome day, even if for a moment.
…A warm muffin and a cup of coffee can lead to good conversation, friendship, and a deeper relationship with Jesus.
…Late-night leftovers and video games can encourage candid discussion and evaluation of life choices.
…Giving up private family time so a burdened friend can stop by to talk can lead to salvation.
Every action has eternal implications. Even when the house is messy and the timing inconvenient. Even when I feel inadequate to help. Everything I do, even in my imperfection, can be the catalyst for someone’s salvation.
Oh how I should never take the little things for granted or fuss because I feel overworked. I am convicted and reminded that everything I do has eternal merit when I do it unto The Lord.
Tucked away in my heart I know this, but the recent salvation and loss of this friend pulls that reasoning out of its neatly folded resting place and back into perspective.
Friend, if you find your service wearisome or if you’re merely going through the motions, may I kindly ask you to just stop for a minute? Think about every single thing you do and WHY you do it. Slow down a bit, notice a simple pleasure and find contentment in it. Realize that even the smallest things can convey the love of Christ in all of its magnitude.
Know that it is He who made us and not we ourselves. It is in Him that we live and move and have our being. It is He who chose us to go and bear fruit that will last.
We are here but for a moment and then, Eternity. Fellow believer, we have the opportunity to be part of the greatest story ever told; we get the chance to leave a mark on the pages of Eternity. Let us not squander our chapter because we’re too busy or too burdened with our own selves.
May our love for Jesus be so full and our hope so overflowing that is spills onto everyone around us—no matter what we’re doing.
Let all that is said and done by God’s people be done for His glory, to display evidence of Him and His love for us all—at all times.
May we live every day with a sense of urgency to share the hope of The Gospel, for we never know whose last chance it could be to hear it.
We loved our friend and he loved us. How do I know? Because we told one another. Because we took time for one another. Because we were active in each others lives.
When he asked for help moving, we helped. When he asked for extra cinnamon and sugar on his coffee, he got it. And when he asked how he could know Jesus, we told him.
One night, after a long day at work.
ALL for Him,
“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” ~ 1 Peter 4:11
“Know that The Lord is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture.” ~ Psalm 100:3
“For in Him we live and move and have our being.” ~ Acts 17:28
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name The Father will give you.” ~John 15:16