“May the Lord replay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”-Ruth 2:12
One of the many amazing and wonderful attributes of A Giving Community’s “Tuna Spread” is that it is all ages. Anybody is able to be part of the team and serve. We’ve had kids as young as 4 years old up to folks in their 70’s. It’s really quite lovely to see the huge spread of people on our teams.
One of the young people who participated in the Fall Tuna Spread was a 16 year-old young lady. She came with her parents and two younger brothers. This young lady is a dedicated and talented volleyball player and had a scheduling conflict between the Tuna Spread and a practice match. After I’m sure much thought, prayer and discussion with her parents, she opted to attend our event over the practice.
A message from her mom to me said: “She has had a long love and a passion for serving the homeless. She chose not to go to her volleyball practice this morning with the consequence of not getting to start in her game on Monday-a huge cost that she received and she said she would do it again in a heartbeat and that she knows she made the right decision”. The message went on to say that she was filled with joy during her time downtown because of the people she met and conversations she was able to have with the homeless people. While her mom hated that cost to her daughter, not being able to play in the volleyball game, she was proud her daughter chose being the hands of Christ and said that the experience made a significant impact in her daughter’s life.
I believe that God is always asking all of us if we are willing to sacrifice the important things in our lives in order to follow Him and serve those around us. It’s an open invitation to take up our cross and die to ourselves in order to have a more full life. This young girl laid her desire to play in her volleyball game at the foot of the Cross and God rewarded her with a changed heart and a deeper desire to serve. This is awesome!!
I’m coming to learn that while my initial intent of starting A Giving Community was simply to meet the needs in our community, part of those needs are for the people serving. We need opportunities to be selfless and put God first. We need opportunity to accept God’s invitation to follow Him and be blessed in return. This is part of the sanctification process and it is painful, challenging and beautiful.
This story has an amazing ending. The coach decided to rescind her original decision and let my young friend play in the next game. AWESOME!!! She was willing to lay down her game and serve and her reward was that her heart was filled up and God gave her back her game. We serve a tremendous God who has a tremendous heart of love for us! Here’s another amazing outcome: chains of fear were broken. The last bit of the message from her mom said: “She has always hated Seattle because she feels unsafe, but she said today she felt a complete peace and felt safe”. God is so good.
What is God asking you to lay down for Him today? Whatever it is, please trust that God has an amazing plan for your life and you will be richly rewarded. If not here on earth, in heaven with Him for eternity. Never be afraid to go with God, He’s always trustworthy.
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