Since today is Mom's birthday, I find myself thinking back on her repeated admonishment to use my talents not only to laugh at each day and every absurdity, but to further the kingdom of God. It comes as no surprise to me that my sister and I continue to send each other the same messages and thoughts, from different writers and for different audiences, but still the same point. I don't believe in coincidences. Either Mom is coordinating her plans for us from heaven, or all of the things she built into us over the years are making us join together to desire to do the things that are important. Certainly it makes my heart smile to believe she's just doing it right now since she can, but quite honestly, the fact that we are so in tune with one another in the last month is something Mom is completely responsible for in either case. She put all of those things in our hearts and nurtured it all our lives.
So on this day, I am remembering to examine my own heart. What am I doing for God's kingdom today? A dear friend posted this Tony Campolo video on her Facebook page and it really made an impression.
If not us, who? If not now, when? I know this, but so often fail to act. God forgive me. Then my sister sent me this link today:
I hear you, God; I recognize what you grieve for. I see this world, of which I reside in the top 1% of wealth, and I will not imagine that much is not required from whom much has been given.
God has blessed me with a warm, comfortable home, a family that I adore and give thanks for every single day, and I won the world lottery being born into not only my own family, but also this great country. Admonish me to thank YOU for that every day. Remind me spend Your money, entrusted to me, on Your Kingdom, not my comfort. Please continue to make me aware on a daily basis of the needs of Your Kingdom and let me act on it, joyfully, in an attempt to aid and bless others. And when I forget? Please remind me.