Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Encouragement

This afternoon, I was frustrated. I decided yesterday, that our kids shoes needed sorting and they needed to be elasticized, because I am sick and tired of trying to find a kid a pair of shoes, to only find one....and so I took on this daunting task with vision.....and after the 5th box of kids shoes, I am not so visionary, and more discouraged.
Then the phone rang. It was a client, who wants me to bring her some formula for her baby. That in itself isnt bad, but this point and time, she wants me to drop everything and come running. I cannot do that. I explain, and she says that her baby has no food, and she would have called earlier, but she was out. "Out?" I say. Yes, she was out, writing a test to get back into school. That is great I think, but when you were out, you couldnt come here, or get food, and while you were out, who watched your two children? I want to help, not enable. I want to be a resource, not a care giver. Discouraged.

And so I call the mighty Shannon.....volunteer extraordinare! Woman of God!
"I need encouragement," I say.
And without missing a beat, comes the reply:
"THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU, YOU ARE A VESSEL OF GOD, AND HE IS USING YOU TO GET TO HIS CHILDREN. WHEN PEOPLE REJECT YOU, THEY ARE REJECTING CHRIST!!!"

Ahhhh, that's nice. I wish I woulda known that sooner, especially after a bad date. :o)

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