Hey- Wait a minute! Isn't this blog supposed to be about HIM!? Of course it is.. but, our LORD JESUS CHRIST is seen through us humans as we allow his work within us to make noticeable differences. This story is about a dear acquaintance of mine who is very physically limited, thus, she resides in a nursing home. Each time I visit with her, she manages to amaze me by offering me something. The presence of Jesus within her manifests itself by her determination to find a way to be able to offer to give me anything available.(half an orange, a couple of peanut-butter crackers, part of her 'dinner?', etc.) In her very limited state of resources, HIS presence within determines her desire to be able to give!! Afterall, we can recall how Jesus gave of himself 'for the joy set before HIM.'(Hebrews 12:2) It gives her joy to find 'a 'leetle' something' to offer to me.. I encourage her by saying how I see evidence of his presence in her as she can't be content not to offer whatever she can! This is important for her especially, because her power-of-attorney is her brother who happens to be a 'Satanist' by his account.. He threatens her welfare periodically...But, she and I, and our LORD, keep speaking HIS truths to her! IT is so important that she be allowed the DIGNITY of being able to offer to give. Dear readers, look around each day for opportunities to grant dignity to individuals you cross paths with, no matter who, or where they are! The LORD restored dignity to mankind by offering Himself on the cross so we can live in restored fellowship with HIM.. We now get to honor Him by being vessels of his grace as we dignify those around us!
I just remembered one other great way to do this is to let others be 'needed', even though we might be able to 'do it better' ourselves!..(or, we don't really NEED the help!) Recently, I let a wheelchair-bound lady 'help' me to my car with my bags of songbooks, guitar, and music stand. She was SO ecstatic at being allowed to help because, as she put it, "I am always the one who needs to accept help." Granting dignity is something I love to look for opportunities to do... HOW about you? I am including a poem which HE delivered to/through me 4 years ago. HE speaks directly where the quotation marks are. I did NOT try to write this.. He wants us to know how dignified we are!
Within every soul, there’s a cry for dignity-
To be able to know that I’m valued just because
I am me!
Everywhere I look, it’s easy to notice
all those who are robbed of much of this.
My soul cries out to these,
as you desire for them to come to their knees.
You’ve taught me very well that I know the
Truth to tell!
You do desire for them to hear You say,
“Dear ones, you are priceless today!-
You’re created in MY image-
body, soul, and spirit!
Listen, as I call you to Me, so you’ll soon
My son, Jesus Christ, died
so that you’ll be dignified-
no longer listening to the one who lied!
Your fullness of life will begin
when you accept my desire to enter in.
When you do, your spirit will become alive-
no longer bound to the law of death and sin.
My Spirit’s presence will dignify
as He instills vitality within!
Then, you WILL stand tall, secure, and strong
since it doesn’t take long to realize
you’ve joined the eternal throng!
Then, as you do, your dignity will swell,
for your soul can now say, 'All is well!' "
May our Lord bless you all as HE leads you in opportunities to apply the message of this post... Because He Loves Us! Sheila