“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” NIV Listen [Link]
At the Thursday morning bible study we were discussing the recent activity regarding an “extreme bathroom makeover” for one of our members. It seemed for years, repairs and maintenace were left undone because of cost and neglect. After a while, the tasks became so daunting that a overwhelming feelings of helplessness and embarrassment had set in. With no money, poor health, and little skill, where were they to turn?
One day one of our members visited with them in their house and saw the catastrophe that was occuring. Soon after he contacted another member with some contracting skill, whom in turned contacted some others. Shortly thereafter, a plan was in place, cleaning was done, and now the remodeling is in the final touch-ups. All this because one man saw an opportunity, took initiative, and made a phone call.
How many other of our members are in the same shape? How many have we (I) visited? Do we (I) even have a relationship with them to know what is going on in their lives?
I believe there are two lessons here: First, there is a hugh spirit of service that exists here at Tusculum. We should not become so overwhelmed with embarrassment, pride, stress, etc., that we become too ashamed to ask for help from our church family. Second, we need to seek for opportunities to serve by viewing life through God’s eyes. Too many times we (I) get so wrapped up in our (my) own life that we miss opportunities for service. God gives us these opportunites so that we can grow in Him.
“Thank you” to all of the men and women who helped with this project. Please pray that God will open our eyes so that we won’t miss these opportunities as they briefly appear.