Have you met Jess? The woman behind the sweet voice you hear harmonizing with Alan and Pastor Brandon in Sunday morning worship experience? She’s super sweet and bound to get a laugh out of everyone.
I asked Jess to to put pen to paper–err–rather her fingers to the keys and write a little something for us. She did not let me down. I’m so excited to share Jess’ post with you. Hope you enjoy!
“We are never closer to the heart and mind of God
than when we are serving.”
–Pastor Brandon Cannon
One of my very favorite Christmas movies is, A Christmas Story. I know it’s only August, but I’m going somewhere with this, I promise!
We all know the story. A few dares are made, and a kid gets his tongue stuck to a metal pole. I hate when that happens! I mean, er, I don’t know anything about doing that. Anyways, here’s the deal. These were not just any regular old dares that were being thrown around in the schoolyard. This was a TRIPLE DOG DARE. The all or nothing, the capstone, the ultimate, all chips in of dares. There’s no going back. A ‘no guts, no glory’ situation.
This week as I read over the notes from the 40 Days of Community series, I couldn’t help but think that sometimes I feel like that’s what God is saying to me in the area of generosity. He says, “GO!” I say, “I don’t have time.” He says, “DO!” I say, “I don’t have the talents or skills.” Or, “It doesn’t fit in my budget.” And, “That doesn’t seem like much to give so I’d rather not do it at all than look like a fool.”
This really made me do a lot of heart checking and soul searching. Here I am worrying and fretting about my own comfort and temporary things when God is asking me to simply carry out His heart to a world that needs to know His love.
Whether it’s your time, your talent, an extra $5, a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, a laugh, a high five–big or small, and as crazy as it may seem, there’s a purpose for it.
While talking to a pastor friend of mine this weekend, I was really encouraged when our conversation turned to this topic. His heart has always been to feed the hungry and share the love of Christ. When he started pastoring at the beginning of 2012, the food bank they had was only reaching about twenty people. He knew there had to be more and he wanted to do more, reach further. He prayed, “God, I don’t have the means, I don’t have the skills, and I don’t have the manpower, but I know what you’ve called me to do. So I’ll start with what I have and trust you for the rest.” Their food bank now feeds three hundred people, and they don’t have enough room to hold the amount of donations they receive each month.
What may seem to you like the smallest act of generosity and obedience may turn out to be the greatest blessing to someone in need. In Luke 12: 32-34 (MSG), Jesus tells his disciples:
“Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself. Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bank robbers, safe from embezzlers-a bank you can bank on. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”
So what are you waiting for? Go. Do. Be. Love. I triple dog dare you.