Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Inconvenient Blessings

Ever had one of those weeks? Last week was mine. My husband was out of state on business, I had several speaking engagements, work, plus tending to the children by myself (with the sitter's help at night). Needless to say, my plate was full and I didn't need anything else added to it. That all changed when I received a phone call from a fellow church member.

She called to let me know about a family in our church who had just had a baby. She asked if I could take a meal to the family, whom I didn't know. "Sure," I said as I gritted my teeth. Inside I'm thinking, "I don't have time for this. I can barely remember to put deodorant on before I go to work!" So last Friday, I made a meal and dessert between keeping the kids, cleaning house, working out and getting ready for work. My attitude wasn't the best but I had already committed. Then I read 2 Corinthians 9:10, "Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God."

I want to be made 'rich in every way so that I can be generous on every occasion'. But if I do for others only when its convenient for me, what good am I?

I visited with the new mom for a few minutes, loved on her new baby boy and talked with her 2 other children. She has her hands full! I left knowing I had blessed someone else for the day, even if it wasn't the best of circumstances for me.


April said...


This blog entry is amazing. I have days like that. I am very involved in the Childrens Ministry at my church. The Director of Childrens Ministries tends to come to me when she needs help with something. And whenever she does this, my mind set is, "I teach 2 and 3 year olds Sunday School, I watch the infants during the 8:30 and 11 o'clock services, and I teach 1st-3rd grade Childrens Choir and this woman wants me to put something else on my plate? Does she not see how busy I am?" And, of course, I tell her that I will but inside my mind, I'm thinking, "I don't have time for this." But when I see the look on those kids faces, everything that I am worried about disappears because God reminds me that it's not all about me. It's about praising God and showing the kids God's love.

glenn said...

Now thats some quality bloggage. Its true, sometimes the greatest blessings come when we give of ourselves to someone who really needs it. Have a great day, and keep that beautiful weather coming!

Kearsmom said...

Hey Barbie...this is the first time I've ever even seen your blog (you can thank Suzanne Barnette) and I am so glad I read this post. I have been in that position before, and it is good to be reminded. God didn't put us here to be comfortable. He put us here to be His hands and feet and light. And His life was anything but comfortable.

Jeannie Smith