Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Those who may be forgotten

This morning as I dropped my Peppa off at school, I had a thought. It always hurts her momma to see her walking up the sidewalk all by herself. Some friends went by just before she got out of the van, said hi and didn't wait. Now it may not have phased her, but her mother hurt for her. Why didn't they wait? Did they know it may have hurt her feelings? Anyway I'm not going to go into my poor baby. That's not where this is going. It made me think "What does my heavenly Father think, when I ignore one who is precious to Him! Ouch that hurt! This year one of my Living Intentionally in 2008 - 8 in 2008 is Practicing better hospitality! I thought about some of the things that make me uncomfortable, but that are so important to others! Like Phones calls to people who may not get many. Visiting those in Nursing Homes ( I always think I don't know what to say). So many other things that I could be doing to show God's love to those who may not have many opportunities to see it. So I guess what I am saying is someone out there hold me accountable. If hospitality is a gift of yours, do you have any encouraging words, to help one who struggles. I so want to do what God wants me to do, and He taught me this through my sadness over my little girl.
Matthew 25:40
The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.
Romans 12:13
Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality. (This will be a verse I memorize this year)
1 Peter 4:8-10
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.


Melissa said...

I think hospitality is one of my gifts. And I feel for you with Bekah, I feel so bad for those who have to walk alone or sit and eat lunch alone and such.
If you are looking for a chance to practice...I know a few people at a nursing home who would love some one to talk to. I ended up working extra today, because as I was delivering my clothes, people kept on wanting to talk to me. I had the extra time, and my deliveries took twice as long as usual because these dear old ladies just needed someone to talk to them. They'd love a visit! Even if you brought Bekah for a little while, it would brighten up their day.
I think we take for granted how much the little things in life make a difference, even a smile can change someone's day! :)

Mari said...

Wow - that's a great message Kim. I have never thought about it that way. I am guilty of those things too and this is a good reminder to be more intentional about talking to people, calling or visiting. Thanks for passing this on.

Anonymous said...

A word of encouragement, I have witnessed personally your desire to be obedient to this "poking" from the Holy Spirit. You have done this for me on MANY occasions in the past several months, a word, a call, an email, several invites. You are right on track, and I am so thankful for your obedience.

Diane said...

Thanks, Kim, for that great post! I think so many of us get so busy with the other "stuff" in our lives that we don't take enough time for the more important things in life - things like doing God's Will and being obedient to Him! If this is a "poke" (as Debi put it) from the Holy Spirit, then maybe some time should be put aside each week or even every other week to do some reaching out. With us that have the schedules to follow - maybe it could be added to your "schedule" and that way it won't be so hard to find time for it. I love your beautiful heart for God! You are such an inspiration to me! Keep on hearing God speak to you, listen to Him, and obey what He's telling you to do. (A good thing for ALL of us!) :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the scripture Kim. 1 Peter 4:9 I'll really try!!!! See-ya soon,Patty