Peter said “Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” 1 Peter 4:9-10
One day, life hit me too hard, like buckshot tearing apart a piece of wood. With stomach aching, head pounding, and heart racing I knew the world was against me. No one cared and I had proof! I walked into the forest for some peace and quiet. I was looking for a way to give up.
Along the path I was joined by a woman who had seen many years in this life. Yet, her features radiated calmness and serenity. Softly, she spoke. “I have a few thoughts for you to consider.”
“Who has been the biggest influence on your life? Why?”
“When in life have you felt most alone? Who was there for you?”
“What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life? Who taught them to you?”
“What are you proudest of? Who helped you to get there?”
“If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would that be? Who would you share it with?”
My face tightened into a knot as I fought against the thoughts that came flooding in with each question. “What do you expect me to say?”
She smiled and said, “A path with no obstacles is a parking lot. Sing the song that you have. As Henry van Dyke said, ‘Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.’ Don’t give up and let others use their skills to help you. As you learn to trust in their help, your hope will grow. – and so will your peace and joy.”
I watched her go in silence. “Thanks. I just need to keep hearing that.”
We show that we care when we use what we have to help those on our path.
“Turning today’s pain into confident expectations for a great tomorrow”