Thursday, April 01, 2021

Lofty Goals by Eleanor Shepherd


       The day has come around again for me to post my blog. This is Holy Week and today is Maundy Thursday, the day when we remember Jesus humbly washing the feet of His disciples, as an example to us.


Ironically today is also April Fool’s Day, that in some ways seems to be the extreme opposite as it is a time when we play tricks on each other that seem anything but authentic.


As I sat down to try and figure out what I could say today and which of these extremes to choose, my attention was drawn to the preamble provided at the top of this blogspot. It includes the comment that, “We share the goal of wanting to entertain and inspire you to be all you can be with God's help.”


Wow! I was reminded again of why I write this blog and felt the weight of my responsibility.  I don’t really consider myself an entertainer, although I do love to share stories that I find interesting.  Is that what it means to be an entertainer?


What I strongly relate to is the desire to in some way inspire you to be all you can be with God’s help. However, to do that, I need to have some idea of where you are now and where you envision yourself to be when you discover that you can become all you can be with God’s help.


Are we being realistic when we set such lofty goals for ourselves as blog writers? 


One way I might discover a little bit more about how to do this, is ask myself the questions I want to ask you.


What kind of stories entertain me? I like stories about real people who face real problems and overcome somehow. For example: Last night at the regular Zoom Bible study from our church, a friend shared a story with us, that I really enjoyed.


Several years ago she was walking to the Friday Bible study at our church. On her way she passed through an alley where there were lots of young people hanging out. When she saw them, her heart went out to them and she began to pray for a way to make contact with them so she could tell them about God’s love.


Suddenly, she tripped on the slippery gravel and fell down flat on the ground. She is a large woman and could not easily get up. She had the attention of the children as they called their parents to come and help. Her hands and knees were bleeding and her face was scratched from the gravel. Quickly the neighbours gathered and began to care for her. A kind man picked out the pieces of gravel, embedded in her hands from the fall. One lady gave her a towel to blot her bleeding wounds and told her to keep it.


           A couple of weeks later, still marked by the bruises from her fall, she went to the Bible study through the same alley again. She asked the young people where to find the woman that had given her the towel. In the meantime, the church had printed off several invitations to kids’ activities to distribute. Meeting the kind woman, my friend learned she was the leader of a community group and was delighted to give these invitations to the children.


Consequently, many of the young people came to the programs at the church that summer where they had a chance to memorize the words of John 3:16 from the Bible.


(From Google Images)
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”


My friend realized that God answered her prayer by letting her fall flat on her face and instead of pain, when it happened, she felt joy.


Her story inspired me once more to become all that God created me to be, especially someone who shares His love. Maybe by sharing it with you, I may in some small way be reaching for the lofty goal that we have set ourselves.

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