“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11
What do an overabundance of sausage, huge quantities of multi-colored paintbrushes, sweat and hairnets have in common? Nothing…..unless they are combined on a DAY OF ACTION. That’s what you get when
(2,086 man hours)
all converge in one week to serve
18 homeowners in desperate need
I’m often amazed that when I calculate the time involved in shopping, preparing and cooking Thanksgiving dinner – that the actual consumption of said dinner takes comparatively minutes!
And that’s how the DAY OF ACTION seemed to me. We spent weeks as a church shopping and preparing to serve our community and then in a blink of an eye – the day was here and gone. I found myself caught up in scrambling, not just eggs, but scrambling to get breakfast prepared on time. I got sidetracked with repairs and replacements. When I got to the job-site there were items on a checklist that needed done. But, one of the best things I did that entire day was take my own advice. “Put the hammer down and interact with the homeowner.” (p.s. I didn’t use a hammer at all – but you get the idea )
Gang – those moments of speaking with our homeowner – Miss Phyllis – were the best part of my day. I can’t even begin to express how her outlook on life, her brilliant smile, her positive attitude changed EVERYTHING about my DAY OF ACTION. Miss Phyllis “schooled me” good. NOTHING in the past year of my life compared to the hardships that this woman faces daily. Yet her peaceful contentment and her faith that someday she would be in heaven with “no more suffering and no more pain” made me change my entire outlook on my relatively insignificant (compared to hers), inconvenient, set-backs.
After every serving event I always say that I have been privileged to GET way more than I ever GIVE. And the Day of Action was certainly no different. Like you – I GAVE my time, my money and my feeble little bit of muscle. But – I GOT an eye opening, soul searching, heart bleeding experience I won’t soon forget.
“Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full-pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Luke 6:38
I hobbled away from York City that day, tired and sweaty….my shirt was soaked with dish sanitizer….my car was loaded with equipment to drag back to actionchurch….but my heart was full and my soul content – my brain already planning the next DAY OF ACTION.
Thanks to all of you who participated by gathering and donating items. Grateful to all of you who showed up ready to serve wherever you were needed. Thanks to Tina and Rachel for an outstanding job organizing breakfast and dinner. Thanks to the wee folk for the freeze pops and cards. I love and depend on the teens pitching in to serve others – thank you. We appreciate all the behind the scenes work on the part of Servants to make the week happen. But – most importantly, praise and thanksgiving to God who in his mighty wisdom had it all planned in advance.
“God has made us what we are, and in our union with Christ Jesus he has created us for a life of good deeds, which he has already prepared for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (GNT)