|Our living room globe. |
(Picture taken and edited by my talented sister)
I believe, so far, I have over 200 posts in the 2 years, or so, that I've had this blog. There was the potential for twice that much.
But today, just now, I looked around me.
I'm sitting on the couch with the family laptop, feet resting leisurely on the wooden coffee table we have had since I was a young child; familiar; comfortable. My mom is in the office on the family computer, the office - the one room we haven't found the perfect window valance for yet. My dad has his old business laptop, sitting right across from me. The windows are open, and we are ready to go help out at AWANAs. A children's ministry.
Then my mind goes back to when we had one computer. It was old. Over 10 years old, I believe, and was slower than a snail traveling on sandpaper. It was so ill-favored, and bulky... and ugly, that it was kept in a corner in the unfinished basement. There it served its purpose as well as it could, and we didn't complain.
Would it be possible to do my "world of good"?
Recently, I mailed a letter to my sponsored child in India - Kavya.* $40 a month is set aside for her out of my band account, and I send her two gifts during the year - Christmas and birthday, along with a little extra something every once in a while.
It sounds like the least I could do. A middle-class American, for a 15 year-old girl and her family in India. And I know for a fact that it means a whole world of good to them. But what if I didn't have a job? My baby-sitting "career" is too sporadic for one to count on a monthly income... and not even efficient for a steady monthly gift.
What if I didn't have a job?
Where would be my "world of good" then?
But now, think of this:
When I was very young, I wanted desperately to go to other countries on mission trips. I would see the teams sent out from our church, and those who would praise the teens going, saying things like, "I can just see the Spirit moving in his life!", and "Have you ever known someone so young have such a fire for God?", and... you get the picture. I would look up at those junior highers and see them professing their faith and passion for Christ. I had that too! I was just too young to be a junior leader in AWANAs, or go to Africa to hand out Bibles, or serve hot lunches to the homeless. But I was more than willing! What did I have to show for it? When these teens were revered by their elders, and I was pat on the head and told I had a very pretty baby doll, and my pink ruffly socks were just too cute, and did I eat my green beans like mommy told me to?
Was I too young to make this "world of good"?
I work with a children's ministry called CEF [Child Evangelism Fellowship]. This is a ministry that teaches Christian young people to Evangelize correctly to children. But we get put to work, too. After an intensive, two-week training camp in June, we are sent out to homes, schools, playgrounds, backyards, and community centers to run 5-day-clubs. We do have adult supervision, (everything is legal, of coarse) but us teens run the thing. From beginning to end, and we do it professionally.
Now... how can I change another life for "a world of good"?