Sometimes I find myself poring through old writings to see not only where life has gone but to see exactly where life came from. I stumbled across this posting recently. I hope it resonates somewhere in your being.
Excerpted From: March 2006 Sambodhi Trip Final Thoughts
“When I’m able, by faith, to sense God’s hand in my situation, my attitude will be right. I don’t begin the day gritting my teeth, asking, “Why do I have to stay in this situation?” instead, I believe that He made me the way I am and put me where I am to do what He has planned for me to do. I don’t wait for my situation to change before I put my heart into my work. I suggest you give that a try. It’s called “blooming where you are planted.” There’s nothing like an attitude of gratitude to free us up.”
(taken from Charles Swindoll’s “Bedside Blessings”)
Since the day Johnny and I landed in Sri Lanka the days had been full and the nights became somewhat restless. Traveling that distance and taking the time away from work and life, it is in my best interest to be as productive as possible. More importantly, it is because those at Sambodhi are so special and the needs are so great. I don’t know that the gap will ever be made up between the condition they are in now and the condition I would like to see them in. They have given so much more to me as a person than I could ever hope to repay. The “Man Upstairs” was gracious enough to bring us into each others’ lives to provide some of the things we were respectively lacking.
I shared my thoughts on discovering one’s spiritual gifts (their unique talents, their “DNA”) previously and I wanted to emphasize that importance. One thing I really feel is that we have each been uniquely gifted and need to do our part to search out these gifts – and how they are to impact lives for the better. Each and every day we come into contact with people with whom we have the opportunity to impact. What happens if you are too uncomfortable to explore what your gifts may be? Who suffers? It isn’t just you who is neglected. Those you come into contact with may not get the full blessing your life was meant to bring to them if you are too worried about carrying around your bag of insecurities or worldy junk. We can only affect people in two ways. One is helpful and the other is harmful. Don’t let the world or yourself stand in the way of all you are and mean to each person God has allowed into your life. There is no such thing as a coincidence!
This thought stuck in my mind as it seems the longer I am away from the “reality” of the life I know the closer to reality I feel I am getting. What I have known and lived in the USA is really a far cry from what most in this world wake-up to daily. I feel blessed to have been born into the life I have been given (in spite of the fact it veered off the path quite early). I also feel I have been exposed to all I have encountered post-tsunami in Sri Lanka and Thailand to keep me balanced. I will also continue to serve those underprivileged or suffering in various capacities. The discarded, abused and tossed away need people to champion their cause. They need people to stand up and give a voice to the voiceless.
It is remarkable what happens in life when inhibitions and insecurities are put aside. My thought (as I believe has happened to me) is that as we pull ourselves out from under our comfortable shelters we begin to experience the life created for us (individually) long ago. Not knowing a language; not having hot water or 3 meals per day are not valid reasons for not stepping out . “Don’t be too nervous about finding the right language or the right tone, but trust that (God’s) spirit will speak through you, even when you are least prepared” (Road to Daybreak). Not knowing what you might miss may seem like no big deal. But now knowing everything I would have missed is the biggest deal in the world to me.
……Over the course of these impact trips the volunteers have done their absolute best to address some critical needs. The work to be done is staggering and probably will never cease. Hope For the Silent Voices is compiling a wish list of things to accomplish at Sambodhi, in Cambodia and globally. If you feel compelled to contribute (in person, financially or otherwise) I assure you it will help address vital areas – within yourself and equally important in the lives you encounter.
Being witness to those at Sambodhi has opened my eyes wide to what can be accomplished in life. Standing next to the bed of a sleeping boy with Down’s Syndrome makes me wonder what goes through the mind of this great human being? This is when humility really smacks me in the face. One of my favorite times is watching these people sleep at night. For a short while they seem just like you and me. I wonder if they know I am in awe of the way they live their lives? I wonder if they dream of coming to where I am from? I wonder if they know they have changed my life forever?
What’s standing in your way of the life you were called for? Getting that first foot out the door is easy. Will you unchain your other leg and finally go for what you are afraid of? What you find may be greater than you bargained for.
All the best! May your path be bright and your curves enlightening!
“Being always of good courage….
We walk by faith, not by sight.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:6-7
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