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As with many others, possibly you, a new year always seems to make me think about how I can do things differently … how I can be a better mother, wife, friend … serve the Lord more … help others more and so on and so forth. As I began pondering 2017 and what I would like to accomplish, God whispered “do” into my spirit.
As I thought about the word “do” and what it really means, I wanted to dig deeper so I did some research. The word “do” is an ACTION word which literally means “perform”. Did you know that God commands us in the book of Luke to “Do unto others as you would have them do to you”?
God wants us as believers to be His hands and feet to those around us.
This concept is not new to me because I love nothing more than giving and doing things to make others smile … to remind them that they are loved, special, important! I really try to be intentional in my “doing”; however, how often do we say we will “do” something and, maybe at the time we mean it with all our heart, but life happens, busyness ensues and our good intentions, the action, the performing or “doing” never happens. God is not going to be mad at us when we forget to check on a friend, send a card to someone who had surgery, congratulate a mom on her newborn, etc., but oh how he rejoices when we show His love to those around us!
“Do unto others as you would have them do to you” Luke 6:31
I will never forget several months ago, it was a week night and my family had several “to dos”. We were all running in different directions and finally were able to meet for a late dinner. As we started home, it was approaching 10:00 p.m. but there were several items we HAD to have for the following day. My husband and I reluctantly stopped by the store. We did not want or feel like being there so we rushed in, got what we needed and quickly proceeded to the front for check out where, of course, there was ONE register open in the entire store … so frustrating! We got in line a I fussed about the wait and how inconvenient it all was … mumbling under my breath about only one register being opened … how tired I was, how ready to be home, etc., etc.
As we waited to be checked out, I couldn’t help but notice the lady in line behind us. She was dressed in a Waffle House uniform and was counting her money over and over again as if she was really worried about having enough to pay for the few items she’d selected. At that moment, God really spoke to me about my aggravation in the wait and reminded me that, not only could that be me, but that at a previous point in my life, I had been in that same situation!
At that moment, I knew God had put us there in that moment to “do” for this lady.
We checked out and I whispered to the cashier to add the lady’s groceries to our bill. The cashier began ringing up the items and the lady noticed we were still standing there and advised the cashier that we must need something to which the cashier responded, “no, they’re paying for your groceries.” The lady looked at me and said, “why would you do that?” I responded that God spoke to me and He wants to bless you. She started crying and told me she had just had a stroke a few days prior and wasn’t even supposed to be working but had to have the money. I hugged her and told her that God loved her. She was completely in shock that a total stranger would do something like that for her.
Why do I share this story? Because God is in the doing!
What would happen if we as the women of God made 2017 a year of DOING for others in His name? How many lives could we change? How many souls could we win for the kingdom? We may never know this side of heaven what our “doing” means to those around us, but God knows! So, this year, let’s be intentional in our “do”!
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Amber Edwards began Blessing Bag Ministry, affording her numerous opportunities to share her love for the Lord with many lost and hurting. A native of Birmingham and Huffman High School, Amber is happily married with two teens and working as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal. She enjoys leading women’s small groups and serving as Captain of the Events Team at her church. Her true passion is for others.