LESSONS FROM A WATER BOTTLE
Written by: Jeanette Lethers
At the end of July, my husband and I had the privilege of visiting the village and home of our first sponsored child. That in itself was a testament to God’s goodness and love. As we were sitting on their porch (and inwardly I’m literally thinking only God could have orchestrated such a beautiful miracle), talking with her parents and siblings, we learned that things were harder than usual. Her dad has been sick and most days cannot get out of bed, much less work. This was bringing hardship on their family, and some of the older children were working to provide enough so they could eat. The mom was doing her best to pick up any slack as well. All of a sudden, the mom went running up the hill from their house and came back bearing cold water bottles for us. In this time of hardship, they wanted to show us love and generosity. I was completely humbled by this.
How many times do we only give out of our abundance or give what is convenient?
I am excited about the theme for our 2019 Women of Compassion annual gathering, “Love Out Loud!” I can honestly say that this one speaks volumes to me. It truly embodies what Women of Compassion and One More Child are all about. Coming together as a body of believers and pouring into the lives of others. It might look different for each of us, but the end result will be the same. We are all gifted by our Creator differently and have unique passions and talents.
- As we come across different people throughout our days, are we looking for ways to love out loud?
- Are we so busy doing our tasks that we don’t even see the opportunities?
I don’t know about you, but this time of year seems to overwhelm me. Too many things to accomplish and not enough hours in the day. It’s easy to take my focus off what’s really important, fixing my eyes on Him and completing the tasks He has given me. We are called to show His love to others.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Acts 20:24 (NIV)
As we head into this holiday season, think about the ways we can “Love out Loud” and show others the love of Jesus Christ. And don’t let it stop after the holidays. Let it be part of our daily life. Give beyond what is in abundance or what is convenient. Some of the greatest blessings can come from when we have given our all. God used this precious family in Guatemala to teach me a valuable life lesson through a simple water bottle. Let’s all love out loud just as boldly!
Women of Compassion Coucil