What a Journey!
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Recently, I was asked how I initially got involved with Harvest House. Would you believe that journey started when I was 18 years old? Fourteen years ago I showed up at the Attic Teen Center to volunteer because I was tired of how self centered my life had become. I knew I needed a new focus and to serve someone else so I figured I could hide behind a “job” at the teen center, put in my time and feel good about my contribution. Little did I know.
I started to really like the people I was serving with. I showed up more frequently and became more involved. I remember the first time I was asked to pray when we finished a Bible study. I remember the first time I was told I couldn’t hide behind the concession counter and that my task for the night was wandering the room and talking to people. I was painfully shy – it was no easy task!
I started to hear stories of young women who were hurting. I heard about a young women who slept on anyone’s couch she could that night. Her parents often had no idea where she was and that was normal in her world. These stories broke my heart and made me want to solve ALL the world’s problems. God didn’t see fit to place me in a ministry that solved all the world’s problems, but I could help some. Andy Stanley once said, “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” So that is what I did.
I gave young ladies rides home after spending time at the Attic. I invited groups of young ladies to my house for Chinese food and movies. I met with these young women for coffee and just to hang out. I rewarded good grades with ice cream trips. I got involved in their lives and was just around as they needed me.
Don’t forget that you can do the same thing. And you can start today! Remember, God doesn’t need us to be perfect to be useful, He just needs us to be willing. Meet with someone. Open up your guest room to someone who needs help. Get in someone’s life and be available. You will be amazed how God can use your willingness, I know I was!
Have a blessed day,
Aaron and Elizabeth Kilby HarvestDayton@gmail.com
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