The simple assertion in today’s title may make you feel a bit uneasy. In fact, if you’re like me, you may be inclined to be upset, to want to feel that this assertion is a blasphemous one, as if I’m insinuating that God exists for man’s purpose rather than man existing for God’s purposes. This is certainly not what I’m trying to insinuate here. Rather, for the past several months, I’ve come to a new impasse in my struggle to really wrap my mind around the unconditional love and grace of God. Continue Reading →
A few years ago I was watching the local news and I heard about a family owned hardware store in a small town in Ohio. They were using social media to market everyone in the small town to come out and buy something that Saturday to help keep the store in business. The reporter said the store was mobbed with people making purchases.
Now at that same time my daughter was working on a dance routine called a “flash mob” and for some reason the words “cash mob” came to mind.
My GSC Board said, “Cash Mob”? What is a cash mob? I really didn’t know. I had never heard of one! But I thought why not?
The morning of the 2012 Cash Mob it was raining. I thought about my staff, board members, and the volunteers who would be standing out in the rain collecting money from cars driving through. Driving on my way to work that morning in the rain, Good News Baptist Church had a quote about faith on their billboard. I began to pray.
I prayed that if God intended to keep our ministry alive, that the cash mob would be an overwhelming success. I needed to be reassured that the path I was taking was in His will. I prayed for God to show me, in an almost miraculous way, that I was doing exactly what He wanted me to do with the Good Samaritan Clinic.
That day in 2012 the clinic raised $18,000. It was a turning point in faith for me. A turning point in the power of having a conversation with God. Praying in earnest. It was also a turning point for the clinic.
As we embark on another cash mob to raise funds for the clinic, I walk into Friday with faith and prayer. So you ask what is a “cash mob”? It is an opportunity for everyone in our community to put their faith into action. Actively show your faith in our ministry. It is an opportunity for prayer, neighborly love, and to give in a small, or in a big way back to this unique ministry.
Come on out Friday, June 5th and give any amount through our drive thru donation sites at the clinic, 34 Sims Circle or the former Belks’ on Russ Avenue. Meet our staff, board members, and volunteers! Get a cookie and a smile! I can’t think of a better way to spend a few minutes of your day!
“Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. But Zion said, ‘The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.’ Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.”
Do you ever feel like Zion here? Wallowing in your doubt and self-pity, crying out to God, “Where are you?! Have you forgotten me? Why have you abandoned me?” Continue Reading →
No matter what language, no matter what situation, it is easy to step in when you see a child in need. Children in our society are fragile and this experiment showed the good in others. How others can reach out and show compassion and love is not something new but it is amazing. What can you do to step in when someone needs help? Do you give that help unconditionally? No matter their age, appearance, or gender? Let us all pray as a society that we recognize the needy and act appropriately to their need.
There’s a cluster of photos in my living room that I love. They’ve been there for almost 19 years and tell our family’s story: pictures of my kids’ as babies, vacations with family, and each school year. The other day as I was dusting, Neely’s baby photo caught my eye. Well, not so much the picture, but the old frame around it. Though our house has changed in the 19 years we have been married, our picture frames haven’t. So I decided to give my photos a facelift by swapping the old frames with up-to-date ones. When I placed the almost 14-year-old photo in the new frame, the picture took on a whole new look. Though the photo didn’t change, the reframing altered how I viewed it. Continue Reading →
I remember a time in my life, about a year and a half ago, when nothing seemed to work out for me. In fact that’s an understatement; it felt as though God was plucking from me one by one everything I had previously possessed that seemed to give me any sort of comfort, worth, sense of security, happiness, or hope. My world was being uprooted and flipped on its head. A very important relationship ended and I grieved deeply for what seemed like an endless amount of time, teetering on the verge of depression. I was living further from home than I ever had before, totally out of my comfort zone and away from the friends and believers that had been my community in past hardships. My most valued possessions were stolen while I was far from home, and I was left literally without clothes to wear in this new environment. My future was totally unstable and I had no sense of direction, job prospect, or even a place to live when I returned. I felt like the Israelites in the desert moaning that God had led them out of Egypt to die in the wilderness, or like Christ when he cried out to God that he had forsaken him. One by one, everything I cared about or gave me security and value seemed to be withdrawn from me, and I was left feeling totally hopeless, desperate, out of control, and most disturbingly, questioned if God was even good. Continue Reading →
I confess, I am on an Isaiah kick! I find it so amazing the prophecies that were put on Isaiah’s lips concerning the future hope of salvation for God’s people that are later revealed in the life of Christ. I love that, though a pretty ugly picture is painted of Israel in their unfaithfulness and idolatry, God’s love for his people and his plans for their salvation is reaffirmed. Yesterday morning I was reading Isiah 42 and found myself floored with the gentle and humble picture of Jesus that was portrayed in the opening of the chapter. Continue Reading →
“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. Continue Reading →