As I was watching the “Today’s Show” this morning I came upon a segment called “Honoring Stacy Loudice.” This story pulled at my heart strings and humbled me beyond words.
Please take a moment to watch this video.
Wow, just wow! Are you humbled? I was. Stacy didn’t know Susanne. Susanne was just a new member at her church. They weren’t friends. Stacy simply learned that Susanne was in need, and did something about it.
Watching this video, I was literally stopped in my tracks. Yes, I work at a church. I plan events and service opportunities all the time, and I participate in them too. It’s what I do for my profession, but sadly, I can probably count on one hand, the times that I “personally” took time time to ask someone “what can I do?” That “someone” being someone who just recently visited our church, or whom I saw or learned was in need. I am embarrassed to say I haven’t done enough. When God compels us, we should act upon it, right? We, as Christian people, shouldn’t have to wait until we have a “church function” to do good things for others?
We need not wait until someone tells us to do good. Don’t get me wrong, it is amazing when our people come together and support a special mission project. It is awesome, and very much needed! But, as Susanne reminded,”God’s love isn’t just something you feel, it is something you act upon.” I need to find more opportunities to act upon God’s love, individually. Not because there is a “church sponsored function” or I am “supposed” to go and/or provide, but because I am personally so transformed by God’s amazing love, grace and mercy, that I will literally burst open if I don’t act upon it.
Imagine what our community would be like if all of us took time to act upon God’s amazing, unconditional love, personally, and not wait for someone else to make a plan to do so?
When was the last time you took time out of your busy schedule to say to a new member or visitor from your church, or even a complete stranger outside of your church walls, “What can I do?” We all must do better.
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one (Jesus) died for all, and therefore all died. And he (Jesus) died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!(2 Corinthians 5:14-17)