I just finished a book I am disappointed that it ended. It is a book called Love Does by Bob Goff. It is a collection of short stories from his life and what he is doing in ministry now. He says he is using his job as a lawyer as a fund raiser for his real job.
One of the things he wrote really struck home for me. He said our goal should be to be awesome in anything God asked us to do. That does not mean great at everything but that we do it in a way that reflect the awesomeness of the one we serve. I like that after all, we are just his helpers. I like that title better than missionary. “ God’s little helper”. When our children help most of the time they really work hard to do it just the way we would, at least when they are small. Sammy tries so hard to do everything I do. When he walks with a glass of water it sloshes from side to side and he can really make a mess but as his mom right now I encourage him to keep going and praise his efforts. His main goal is to please me and show me that he is growing more and more every day. When he finishes he feels AWESOME because he sees his success in my eyes and that I am pleased with him. That is how I want to feel at the end of my day. That I did an AWESOME job in God’s eyes. That He sees my effort to obey him, and walk with him through the whole thing. It does not mean I will not fail. It means that God will be please that He sees my growth in all that I do.
This month I have had the opportunity to help in different ways, none of them big but all of them rewarding in their own way. I helped to organize receipts and get reports done for another ministry. I helped a Pastor lay out plans for an evangelizing campaign he wants to start. I helped a sick child from the orphanage. I did not do much just give him some Tylenol and gave him a kiss on the forehead. That always seems to help. I drove a small team from Joy and Hope of Haiti around and helped them get information they needed. They build schools here and I get to help them with the bookkeeping. I sat in on a meeting and tried to help two different cultures understand each other and resolve some misunderstands. I helped a friend who was tired and feeling, a little "over whelmed” fold her laundry. I helped a group of children in a Bible club learn that Jesus loves them. I helped a former student with his English . I am trying to mentor a young man, having him help me which gives me time to disciple him. This young man has been like a son to us. I helped pay a bill at the Seminary for a student we sponsor. I got to love on a lots of kids and Haitian friends.
I sat and listened to a young Haitian married couple argue about a problem they are having and tried to share God’s truth with them. I delivered food to hungry kids. I met with a lawyer trying to work on Sammy’s adoption and helped another missionary to do the same. I help others with medical bills, drove a child with a broken leg to the hospital and tried to comfort the family. I know there are lots of little I things I have missed but as you can see none of these things were earth shattering. Just little things that I tried to do in a way that God would think my effort to please Him was awesome. Tomorrow it starts again another week. Next week I start teaching school at Grace Zion. My prayer is Lord help me to be awesome in the way I serve you by helping these kids. Not for me but so they will see how AWESOME you are.