A READER ASKS
“Dear Lord, I’ve been looking for a better way to serve You since my children left the nest, and I can’t find it anywhere. It’s been nearly five years, and I’m ready and willing, but it always turns out I’m not able. I looked into missionary work and wasn’t eligible because of health issues. And though I tried to help rebuild communities damaged by floods and tornados, I was turned away twice—their real need is for people with construction experience, which I’m sadly lacking. I do help out in my own community, but anyone could handle the paperwork and other random tasks I take care of at the places where I volunteer. I’m not complaining that I don’t have the abilities that others have; I know I could rise to the opportunity to do something more meaningful for You. Won’t You please give me the chance?”
Wisdom of the Word
You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only…For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
—James to the Early Church, 2:24,26 NKJV
We understand and yet…
We do our best to serve in Your name, but sometimes we doubt that we’re doing enough. The small ways we help our neighbors seem so, well…unglorious compared with the assistance and guidance we see others render. How can we tell if our efforts are doing You justice?