A few Sundays back, Simon Guillebaud visited our church preaching the message of “radical grace”. You can listen to his sermon if you want to know more, but it breaks down to this—just how far are you willing to go to do what Jesus asked us to do and share God’s love?
The truth is that too many grow comfortable in our lives and pat ourselves on the back for doing a great job. We may tithe our 10% to the church or serve on several committees to do our part, but those pale in comparison to the sacrifice that Jesus made to save us from our sins, putting his very life on the line so that we could be free.
In the stories Simon told of his time in Burundi, one that resonated with me was the story of a woman who didn’t have a penny to her name. However, she loved the Lord’s message so much that she sold herself into a lifetime of slavery with a nearby sharecropper so she’d have the means to help others. Simon presented several scenarios where people did very counter-cultural things because of the depth of their faith, and his sermon inspired me to try something different to see how I could do my part to help everyone else.
And it all starts with asking what I can do for them.
“What Can I Do For YOU?”—A First Step in Making the World a Little Easier to Live In.
Now—I’m only one man. I’m not fooling myself into thinking I have the time or energy to help everyone do everything, but I’d like to believe that even if I can’t help, I at least know someone in my various networks who can.
And I don’t expect it to be easy—I’m already juggling enough with my job, my family, and all the content I create to fill in the cracks, but the Parable of the Talents makes God’s view on talent pretty clear. If you keep the skills and resources you’ve amassed to yourself; He’ll not only give you nothing in return—he’ll punish you for being so selfish. But if you choose to invest—or namely, use them to enhance the lives of others and not just yourself—he’ll reward you for it in kind.
And so, why don’t we all invest in each other?
Believe it or Not, We Can ALL Win.
At eight each morning, I plan to start the day with a simple question across my social media—”What can I do for you?”
I’ll link back to this post, list a few things I need help with myself, and call it a wrap! I think it’ll take some time for everyone to get used to starting the day putting their problems on the table, but we’ll eventually reach a point where it’s just another thing we do, and with any luck, come out better for it in the process!
So I hope you’ll join me for the ride, and remember—we form genuine relationships when we first seek to give to others instead of just taking for ourselves!
We’ll see you in the morning!
One reply on “What Can I Do For YOU?”
I’m not really sure what to say so I’ll let you into my current situation. My girlfriend of 11 years & I have been separated for almost 3 weeks now. While my heart is still breaking, I can’t help but stress over the fact that I’m starting my life over again from scratch. No furnishings for an apartment or anything else for an apartment, little cash (only enough to rent a room for this month), no means of transportation to dialysis & a 9-year-old son whom I miss like crazy. I’m currently searching for an apartment & a means of transportation, as well as checking, buy & sell groups for cheaply priced furniture to start over.
I hope this is what you meant by “putting our problems on the table”. Great post BTW.