The planning was over, every seat was accounted for and the event was a success. Sixteen ladies, all dressed in white, gave their time – talent and – treasures without hesitation. Totally willing to graciously share in the idea that healthy marriages and positive relationships are worth the extra effort they so desperately require.
These ladies know, firsthand, that being created as a valuable addition to the many relationships you will encounter in your lifetime is no slow stroll in the park. On the contrary, if you are not attentive and intentional you could very well find yourself, years from now, still slow strolling; not adding any value to anyone. But yet, here they were, God-enlisted “encouragers of doing good”; each one of them holding true to the focus point of the event: “One to Another”.
One to another was our focus, but “Why Do We Give?” was the apparent question. Actually, underneath the obvious was the hidden thought of, “Why do we give ….. so much?” Why is it that we do what we do? Why do we give the time we claim we never have enough of, though it can always be found when the voice on the line sounds exasperated, unsure and in need of hope. When she is in need of an ear, we listen. When she needs our opinion, we lovingly share what would be best – opposed to what may feel best. Why do we give that talent we are adamant about not yet mastering. That one thing we know we may not be the best at doing, somehow seems possible when the outcome is for the greater good. That inexact ability ultimately loses its fear-provoking grip when there is a gap to be filled and she subtly ask for your help. And why do we give, when all else fails; without overthinking its tangible value, what it will take to be replaced, how long it took to accumulate or if it will ever be given back – a portion of our treasure. It all comes without question: if she needs it, it is hers for the taking.
Neither our time, talent, nor our treasures have preset limits when our hearts aim to encourage, build-up and support.
Thought to Ponder: Each one of us has an active role in helping another woman reach her goal of being more than she could otherwise be when left at her own devices. We were not intended to jog, walk or run the life race alone. It is through the blessed gift of humility that one is inclined to ask for help when it is needed. It is also through the blessed gift of humility that one is inclined to give help when it is needed. In His abundant love for us, God did not leave us wondering about the part we play in the lives of those around us.
- “…Instruct one another.” (Romans 15:14)
- “Teach…[one another]” (Colossians 3:16)
- “…Admonish one another (Colossians 3:16)
- “…Encourage each other…”(I Thessalonians 4:18)
- “…Build each other up…” (I Thessalonians 5:11)
- “…Spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24)
With the aid of others, you and I are more capable of accomplishing all that God has intended. So why do we give? … Because we are better together.
With you – I am better than I otherwise would be.