In Small Ways

"But when I, the Messiah, shall come in my glory, and all the angels with me, then I shall sit upon my throne of glory. And all the nations shall be gathered before me. And I will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and place the sheep at my right hand, and the goats at my left.

"Then I, the King, shall say to those at mt right, 'Come, blessed of my Father, into the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me; I was thirsty and you gave me water; I was a stranger and you invited me into your homes; naked and you clothed me; sick and in prison, and you visited me."

"Then these righteous ones will reply, 'Sir, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you anything to drink? Or a stranger, and help you? Or naked, and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?'

"And I, the King, will tell them, 'When you did it to these my brothers you were doing it to me!" Matthew 25:31-40 (TLB)

Kim Whitlock Sisk lives in Oklahoma. When she was younger she looked forward to retirement as a time when she would do something great for God. She envisioned a missionary trek where she would bring hope to all she would meet. Or she would finally write an important treatise that would capture everyone's heart and save the world.

When Kim retired two years after cancer treatment, she did not have the energy for either of those dreams. Instead she worked one morning a week serving in her church's food pantry, another visiting her mother in the memory-care facility where she lived, and others volunteering at a local school. But she was disappointed. It didn't seem big enough.

Then she remembered the common phrase "Bloom where you are planted." Kim looked for little ways to share great love. Now she makes cards of encouragement for the people who receive food from their food bank. She put together thank-you baskets for her local mail carrier, volunteer firefighters, and the aides at her mother's home. She posted a daily prayer online based on her devotional.

It is not the size or grandeur of our mission that counts. We all can do something to bring God's grace to the world around us; even just a smile.

Prayer: Lord of all, lead us to ways to share Your love with those around us, in Jesus' name, amen

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