Learning from Everyday Saints

“As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another”  Proverbs 27:17

As Spiritual Gifts Coordinator for our church, I have the privilege of talking to different members about their passions, the things that tug at their hearts, the tasks to which God has called them.  That inspires me in ways I would not have imagined.

Two people I spoke with recently are attracted to caring ministries, and we talked about their desire to provide for the hungry, needy and homeless.  Our conversations came around to the fact that we sometimes see people on the street, holding up a sign that says “homeless” or “unemployed” and feeling helpless and unsure of what we can do.  Paralyzed by indecision, we just drive by, feeling guilty.

Well, we came up with an idea.  One friend said she saw a list online of items to include in a “care package” for the homeless– things like wipes, granola bars, raisins, socks, etc..  I made two up, putting the items in a gallon zip-lock freezer bag and including a small new testament.  I’m now carrying one in each of our cars.

This week, I had an opportunity to give one out.  The man I handed it to was so happy and told me how much he needed a pair of socks!  He had a big smile on his face as I drove on and he waved good bye. Even better than giving him a few helpful items, I connected with him as a human being.

I know this is just a small thing, but I believe Mother Theresa once said we don’t need to do great things, we just need to do small things with great love.  I am thankful to my fellow saints, who helped me find a way to do this.  That’s how it is with spiritual gifts — when we drop them in God’s hands, the ripple effect goes far beyond our own lives.

Lutheran ladies, what have you learned from the saints you meet everyday?

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