Those first two had me comfortably entertained--and here the key word is comfortable. I read it in stolen moments here and there, digesting it as if it were fast food--as in, "it fills me up, it's tasty, but I'm not gaining any long-term nutritional value here." I giggled, read snippets to my hubby, laughed out loud.
Then, tonight, Chapter 3, dealing with the excess of possessions.
It stopped me in my tracks. A dead stop.
Nausea. Anxiety. Restlessness.
My mind is racing, a thousand miles a minute, but I feel so energized.
I have to do something.
My dog ate twice today. My kids and I ate FIVE times. My cat has food left out for him all day long to eat at his leisure. And yet, not five miles away from my comfortable, large, climate-controlled house with five television sets, people are starving. They are trying to sleep while their stomachs growl, because today they haven't had even as much to eat as my yellow lab.
So this begs the question--what do I do? What CAN I do? It is no longer a question of "can I" or "should I"?
I have to. It is my charge--my responsibility as a follower of Christ.
How do I know that?
Because He tells me so--over and over and over again:
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace.
1 Peter 4:10
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, how He Himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive".
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Galatians 5: 13-14
Want more? Because there is oh-so-much-more. Continously we are reminded to serve, to love, and to give. How about this one?
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.
Matthew 25: 35-36
I am way out of my comfort zone, here, friends, and I don't know where this road is going to take me. But I want to obey this call to my heart--I want to serve my Lord--and I've not wanted like this before.
I need to think on this for a while. I've never been so eager to pray, lol! But I'm headed somewhere--that I know for sure--and I can't wait to share my journey with you!
"For I know the plans I have for you", declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
I have faith in His plan for me.