Sitting in church that Sunday morning, I had no idea what to expect. I guess that was the whole idea. When the Pastor starting asking for people to come up and accept an assignment for god, may thoughts started running through my head. I was thinking, "What is this? Do I want to volunteer for something that I don't know anything about? Will my family or I be embarrassed if I go up there?" I hesitated, but then I told myself that I had been looking for a way to become more involved with God so I should go for it!
I was so surprised when we were handed the hundred-dollar bill. At first I thought we were supposed to use it to raise money for the church. After reading the book I discovered that it was more than that. This proved to be a harder task. I spent a long time thinking and praying about what I could do. The book was a little intimidating; the other stories were so large. They started programs and raised large amounts of money. It seemed they were all in large cities. I felt overwhelmed and thought there was no way I could do anything close.
I kept thinking about the message that God would make it clear, and when it happened, it was very clear to me. I was having my hair done and I and I knew the hairdresser was a cancer survivor who was getting together a team for the local Relay for Life. This was something I wanted to be involved in. It is a great cause and has a personal importance since I watched my mother walk her first survivor walk last year. I had an idea that I wanted to do something with this when I went for my appointment.
We were discussing the relay and she was outlining some of the things they were going to do to raise money. They were thinking about a raffle, thinking about giving haircuts o product. I went to the car and got the hundred-dollar bill and gave it to her to use for raffle prizes. We figured out some good prizes to help sell the tickets. During our conversation she stopped and said, "You are a God-send. I want this to be a success and I can do the work, but I just don't have the money myself to put up for the prizes." This is just what I had hoped to hear.
The raffle raised over $200.00 and as a team they raised over $500.00 for the cause. The personal rewards I gained from this assignment far outweigh the monetary return for me ten fold. In working on this, I gained a closer personal relationship with God. I talked to people about the assignment and prayed on a daily basis to give me guidance. This helped me to break through on my inhibitions about worship and sharing the Word with others.
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."
Scripture reminds us to be thankful for those who have been such a blessing in our lives.
During this Thanksgiving we are grateful to God for Him bringing us the blessing of you. May God richly bless your family during these Holydays!