“Often people who are not in the limelight in the church feel they are not as important as those up front. Some even feel they are second class. The truth is we are all number one, because God has no favorites. The Bible tells us that God is impartial. There are no little people, because we are all special to Him. We all have a congregation and a sermon to live. The Bible says, ‘Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven’ (Matthew 5:16). In our pulpit, the work place, God has people who will never attend a church and He is depending on us to be a living sermon to them” -Power of the Pew Warmer by Charles Pearce
Unfortunately, many times we don’t really see someone’s true value or their true impact on others until they are not around. This is the point in which you really feel and see their void. At least, this is what I had always heard, but never really experienced.
My mom has been in ICU for 26 days and I can honestly say that I truly understand this now. My mom’s reach and impact on others has been deeper and wider than I had ever realized. She truly lived out the caption above to the fullest degree. She was out there being a doer of the Word each and everyday. Being a light to her family, friends and everyone around her. She was bringing the love of Christ to others. Quilting for the homeless, crafting for the needy, volunteering for the animals, donating time, donating money, supporting and caring for her children and grandchildren; and this was all above and beyond her regular duties of managing a rental business, caring for her home, renovating a retirement home and caring for her husband.
How often do we get so wrapped up in our busy day-to-day lives and miss out on all the important things? I know that I do. I fall into this trap over and over again. I’m too tired, I’ve had a long day, I don’t feel like stopping, I don’t want to take time to talk to that person; wah, wah, wah….me, me, me. Not my mom. She always found the time to do all the important things. To do those things that really matter; the things that have big impacts on individual lives. The things that change lives. She invested of herself. This has been abundantly evident by the outpouring of love, support and prayers that we have received.
A tragic event such as this will put life into perspective. You realize very quickly the things that matter most; people. My mom is an inspiration. She is my inspiration.