Monday, November 2, 2009

Power of One

Have you ever imagined the power of your smile; word of encouragement; or small monetary help to another?

My life has drastically changed since I became Quality Assurance for this 7 county Census 2010 office. Change brings immediate emotions good and bad to me. I've felt somewhat guilty because I'm not plugged into the church ministries I have become accustomed to being an active partner.

Last night I was praying and asking God if all was well with me. Suddenly I remembered the week: There was the phone call to a new hire... she needed someone to hear how much she appreciated this job. She went on to tell me how dire it had become for her. I never rushed her.

One of my friends is in a new place. Her husband is permanently disabled and they have extreme financial issues. I took some of my increased pay to buy Angel Food groceries for them each month.

Fellow workers have had different things come up and I've had the time and energy to help them out.

I know my order of priorities: God, family, church and work. I'm finding wonderful ways to stay connected with my grown children. In fact, we seem closer because I can more easily identify with their work life.

My church appreciates my increased tithe and offerings monetarily. But I am developing new connections for some of the ministries that will open doors for resources, etc.

Amazingly, I am seeing that God is using me with the little I have after work powerfully. As I looked at all of this it hit me that I have "adopted" this one family with a disabled husband. They know when the hot water heater blows I will be their bridge/patch until they can pay me back with money or services. Sometimes God directs me to bless them with surprises such as the monthly groceries. I cannot help any more families this way and survive myself, but I am loving "being there" in Christ, for this one family.

Wonder if God calls on those of us working with "enough" to adopt one family to be their backup? No medals, no speaking of it....just quietly in the name of Jesus Christ: Being There. The Power of The One in one!!!

I am called to do the works of Christ - John 14:12


Laura Capell said...

So appreciate your honesty on the emotions that change brings! I miss the time we used to have together but know that God is doing great things with the both of us during this season.

Love & miss you!!!

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Your post today reminds me of the verse I meditated on for the last half of October. You are a good example of not just saying "God bless you" to people and going your way. You DO something to help them be blessed.

Here is the verse I mentioned.
James 2: 16 "And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?"

Love ya, Mississippi

Beams of Light Ministries said...

You said it - it just takes the power of one!

Nicole said...

Wow, what a wonderful post! I have been feeling drawn to read this post for quite a few days. I finally did today and I know why. Your life lived out in obedience and your realness truly blessed my night, encouraged me, and spurred me on. Thank you!!! This post rocks my socks off for I do believe this is the way Christ wants us to live! You have been so blessed, and what a blessing you are being in return. Isn't this the way it should look? Thank you for your words.

In Him,

ThreeGirlyGirls said...

Happy Thanksgiving sweet Kay! I hope all is well and you will get back here soon. I miss your daily encouragement. I love you so and pray many blessings on your thanksgiving!

much love,

© 2008 Kay Martin

Thrive In Christ

Who I Am In Christ by Neil Anderson

For several months we will center on this book to pursue Thriving in our Christian journey.

Neil challenges us with: "Do you know who you are in God's eyes? We are no longer products of our past. We are primarily products of Christ's work on the cross. Who we are determines what we do.

You are not who you are in Christ because of the things you have done, you are in Christ because of what He has done. He died and rose again so that you and I could live in the FREEDOM of His love."

That's just the introduction. More to follow.