Published July 29, 2014
"Doing What You Can"
Mary Kathryn turned 90 this year. She attended our church. She was a widow, but an active lady, an encourager with a dry sense of humor.
At church when I asked, "How are you?," I never knew whether it would be "Well, I'm here" or "I'm blessed." Both were usually accompanied with a mischievous smile.
A few months back, she fell and broke her back. She ended up in the hospital and then a nursing home. I visited her about three weeks ago and we had a good chat. I took her a CD and, while there, shared her devotional reading and scripture passage for the day. I knew she would appreciate that.
She told me she was ready to go "home." She was talking about heaven. I told her that God must have a reason for her to be here since He hasn't called her home yet. She confirmed that others told her the same thing.
It was just a couple weeks before this that Mary Kathryn had come into church with an envelope. In it were 20 one dollar bills, which she handed to Paul. She knew that on our frequent walks through the city, Paul gives out Gospel of John booklets with a one dollar bill marking the John 3:16 location. She wanted him to use the bills for the homeless people that we meet.
She told us that she couldn't personally walk through the city to meet these folks, so she could give from what she had and we could pass along her gift where it was needed. That is what we have been giving out in our Gospel booklets over the last several weeks.
On Monday of last week, Mary Kathryn got her heart's desire and it was God's time to call her home. She will be missed, but she leaves behind many good memories.
And, her ministry didn't end with her death. Her gifts to the homeless continue and if just one should surrender to the Lord, Mary Kathryn will have a part in that reward.
What are you doing with what you have? What impact are you making for eternity?
I've had people tell me that they can't do what I do. They are exactly right. Nor can I do what they can do. You see, God gives each of us individualized things that we can do for Him.
What are you doing with what you have? What impact are you making for eternity? Do it today. Tomorrow might be too late.
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