Think of it like this…if the song in my hearts is always “Don’t tread on me,” we will find ourselves constantly defensive and isolated. If the song in my heart is always, “God’s love defines me,” we will find ourselves more open and inclusively-minded.
Christmas memories can truly be up lifting. Both the sacred Christmas and the secular Christmas offer wonderful memories that can uplift a troubled day and bring joy to those who can recall and release into the memories.
But then you look at the actual value of these ministries and you see they are worth far more than pennies. The actual value is measured in lives touched, in stomachs filled, in safe nights spent in from the cold, in young people finding a place for God in their lives, in the home-bound receiving caring visits, in opportunities for life-long learning…the list goes on and on.
When we look in that mirror and see the saint…or the saint-to-be…we can be drawn closer to the person God longs for us to be. Jesus shows us the way to that personhood and while we may never reach a totally satisfying place in our saintly journey, the important thing is to be on that journey with Jesus, with the body of Christ…becoming one part of the body that indeed contributes to the whole of God’s work among us.
As you might ponder your deepest heart’s desire, I hope you will remember the Psalmist words that God will give you the desires of your heart. And that has nothing to do with money or success or even happiness.
What ways can you think of where you can make a difference for our children? Pray about this. Ask God to lead you in a direction that helps build a better life for kids tomorrow as well as today. Let God guide your feet, your hands, and your heart. And if you do feel called, respond.