I wish you could have been with Sonja and me a few day ago when we attended the South Carolina Church of God Home For Children Christmas banquet.
We have always been supporters of the Home but actually seeing those little ones reminded me why.
It’s one thing to support the Home because the Bible commands us to take care of widows and orphans but it is an entirely different thing to do so because you can attach a face to the cause.
This is a practice I have observed for many years. Honestly, I try to do this with everything I do.
For example, while pastoring at Fort Mill, every sermon I prepared I keep in mind a precious little lady in my church who loved God but had very little education. Before signing off on my studies I’d always ask, “Could so-and-so understand this and would it help her?” Until I could honestly say yes to that question I knew I was not ready to preach it. The face of that dear sister kept my preaching grounded in reality and on faithfully proclaiming God’s word to help my people, not impress them.
Another face that I saw in my mind regularly was a little “Mother in Zion” in our church by the name of Eva Little. She was a widow who lived on a very limited income but who tithed on that little monthly check faithfully. Before signing off on an expenditure I’d ask myself, “Is this a good use of Sister Little’s tithes?” If I couldn’t honestly say yes I’d not sign off on the expenditure. Putting a face to the church budget kept me in check and away from extravagance and wastefulness.
Today, when one of the retired ministers or minister’s wives/widows call me I put my mother and father’s face over theirs and whisper to myself, “How would I handle this if this person was my mother or father?
When a young minister calls I put my son’s face over their face and ask myself, “What would I do if this was my son?”
When life is not going my way and I am tempted to have a pity party (which is far more often than I’d like to admit), I picture the face of my Lord hanging on the Cross; His face helps bring those pity parties to a quick conclusion.
I remember years ago seeing a billboard that declared: “The person you’re working for is back at home.” I’ve never forgotten that and it sums up what I’m trying to convey.
So, when faced with a crowd of people, tasks or problems that threatens to overwhelm you and rob you of your joy and peace—look for a face in that crowd, a face of someone you love and do what you do for them, it will change everything.
Hebrews 12:3-4 (NKJV)
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.
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