I was traveling the other day and saw this saying by Wayne Gretzky "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." Now, I am no athlete by any stretch of the imagination but I knew that Mr. Gretzky was a great hockey player and had done some great things on the ice. That saying though got me to thinking.......how many shots do I miss because I don't take them? Then I started to think about my day, what had I done--any missed shots? And the day before and the day before that.....wow, I probably had missed a lot. All those opportunities to do something for someone, those minutes that I frivoled away that I could have been doing something more worthwhile. It makes one wonder how much more one could do if more shots were taken. I have since tried to think about each of my days as a game...one in which I need to take as many shots as I can and to tell you the truth, I am getting a lot more done during the day. It is a great feeling to end the day knowing that I took all the shots that I could and that I was as accomplished as I could be. Are there days I could do more? Probably so....but at the end of the day, I am feeling a bit more satisfied knowing that shots missed are no longer standing at the 100%.
Today was our Just an Other's Day event for the month of July and it was a great one--not that the others haven't been but today just seemed different. We were able to help two of our neighbors out with yard work they needed done. It was great to have a fun time while working and I was able to make some new friends, volunteers and neighbors--it just doesn't get any better than that! What a privilege it was to spend time in prayer with the volunteers before we started our work, and then with each neighbor. God was a part of each conversation that was had with each of our neighbors and what another great thing to have happen; it is just not about the work as I said before but uplifting each other up as we live this life on earth together. We as volunteers laughed, we shared things about ourselves with one another, and we worked hard in making someone else's life a little better, all the while lifting our own spirits up. How great it was that God carried us through the morning with his faithfulness for our strength and safety to carry out His work, by serving others, we were serving Him--that is another great thing to do! How great that the weather held out until we were done and then it rained! Yep, it is a great day when you get to serve a greater God. For those of you that missed today, we have another Just an Other's Day event coming up in August--second Saturday--go mark your calendar now so you don't miss out! A special thank you to the volunteers that came out this morning and helped make this morning great.....Shane and Amanda Wissing and family, Larry Yarian, and Harry Exford!
It has been quite a while since I wrote anything here. It has not been for lack of time or want but more for the lack of having anything really profound to say to you. I usually cannot come up with anything that I think is worthwhile so I assume you would also feel the same. We have been busy this year but I go to bed each night in sadness wanting to do more and more, I would do a project a day if I could. Last week we took our mower and weed trimmer to a country home and helped out a "young" man of 89 and his "lovely bride" get caught up on their weeds. We were able to start his weed eater for him in hopes that it would be easier for him the next time--we had a great time and didn't want to leave--we will return and help again. NeighborLink volunteers have washed windows, cleaned up yards by weeding flower beds and more, mowed and cleared brush. We have replanted flowers and found meals for a gentleman without food in his home. We have sealed up a home porch and supplied paint to that family to finish off the job. But more important than all the projects or work that we have done is the relationships we have started to build, the friendships that we have formed and that is really what this is all about. Yes, it is great to help others and it is important work, it is HIS work and we must do it. But the relationships that are formed will last forever, when the last board is painted and the yard is clean, the people are still there to be remembered. It is getting your foot in the door not to preach to them but to be their friend and eventually, letting them see Christ at work through you, His servant, that is when the work begins---in their hearts. What a great testament to Him when we shine His light to others while helping them through life. Isn't it great that we have the opportunity to be of service, to be the hands and feet of Christ? If you haven't served in some time, consider doing one of the projects available on the site and I can assure you, you will be more blessed than those that you helped, God is good that way. Happy Serving!
The season is changing and with that comes for me the feelings of being overwhelmed. As I think of the projects that need to be done yet, those requiring help before the cold winter months set in, it is just almost a panic thought....how can I get all this work done, how can I get these people helped? Who can I go to for the expertise I need? Who will help me? Who, who, who.......it is a mind-boggling question and the work is unsurmoutable to me. This past summer, a song became very familiar to me as our church sang it as a theme song. The words of the chorus is what struck me and has stayed with me to this day and come to mind as I write this, "Greater things have yet to come And greater things are still to be done in this city". I suppose that there are several ways you can look at and analyze these words and decipher their meaning. Perhaps it can mean that there is a lot to be done for others and when we serve others, we are serving Christ, there are great things that have been done already and greater things yet to be done--all right here in our own city. We have so many people that are trying so hard to survive with needs but I think more so, people who just want to know that they have not been forgotten as they feel shoved into the very corners of our busy lives so tightly that they have become unseen and unheard. No one is coming to their rescue, no one is answering their call for help. I try to imagine that those people are me and how difficult it must be to be in need of sometimes something so simple and no one answers the simplest of calls for a task that would take so little time. I would feel so insignificant, so unloved, so forgotten. I think that one of the number one diseases in this nation is lonliness, that heart wrenching feeling of despair. Can you imagine some of these people who in their prime were so self sufficient that they were the ones helping others and now, as they find themselves aging or with disabilities or having fallen on tough times, in a spot they never thought they would be in? Then, to top it all off, to finally find the courage to ask for help only to find out that no one is really going to give it.....you will have to wait and wait and wait.....wow, that would be tough. I am asking you, imploring you, to put yourself in their shoes, to find the compassion of Christ in your hearts and go out and serve today. There are so many who are hurting and a caring gesture, a loving smile or completed project will make their day--might change their life--will show them that someone does care about them in this kingdom here on earth. I think of the greatness that will happen when we join together in making the needs of others more important than our own, when we reach out in the compassion that our Lord had, when we serve with open hands and heart--then greater things will be done in this city....He will be seen!
I do believe that spring is right around the corner, I am hearing more and more birds singing each morning and am excited for all the cold to be gone! With spring comes more activity as people venture out more and as grass grows again, flowers need to planted which means flower beds need to be ready to receive them.....the list goes on and on. We seem to thrive in the spring and summer months of sunshine, picnics and being outside sharing nature with friends and family.
Along with all of our normal activities that we anticipate, I invite you to start new ones this year....join us as we continue to reach out more to our neighbors who are also going to be gearing up for all that awaits them. Unfortunately, sometimes their list of things to do in those lazy, hazy days of summer are different than ours just by matter of being able to either physically do the task at hand or afford the need.
NeighborLink will be having a team again this year for the United Way Day of Caring. This is a great way to jump start your engines for serving. If you would like to join us for this day, May 23, please call us at 572-1472 or email us and let us know that you would like to be a part of our team--we would love to have you!
Another opportunity in the community is Faith in Action Day. On this day, County Line Church of God, Auburn, will be stepping out and serving the communitites and people that are needing help. The projects are varied and you get to chose what you want to do! If you would like to be a part of this special day, again, you can contact us and we will assist you with getting signed up for this. Church attendance is not required, just a willingness to serve that day!
As you get ready for spring, think of what you can do for your neighbor in need that might really not take that long and make an impact in their life. There are a lot of needs out there and not all of them require a lot of effort on our part....some require a bit of our time and a smile.
I hope this finds you anticipating the next season with great expectations and that you can make it a great spring not only for yourself but for someone else as well! Let us know if you want to join us as we serve in the upcoming months!