A friend texted me saying she was returning some containers that Ray and I had sent up with soup. She feeds the homeless in Atlanta in the most novel way.
I immediately called Ray and asked him to boil and soak three pounds of different beans and take out two ham bones. By the time I got home, the beans had soaked and were ready to cook. We added onions, peppers and those meaty ham bones that you get from Honey Baked Ham. I added the rice about a half hour before she came. She brought the containers and I refilled them.
She puts them in insulated coffee cups with lids and then takes them to her adjacent neighborhood where there are small groups of homeless gather. It was going to be a rainy week.
I no longer have the stamina to stand in a soup kitchen and cook and serve, but this one thing I can do. I sincerely believe everyone has that ONE thing that God has called them to do. There is no comparison. None greater than the other. It may be giving someone a ride or mowing a lawn. Everyone has the opportunity to do something.
There are several places in the Word where we are called to that ONE thing:
Philippians 3 says:
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 27: 4 is my heart’s cry: One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.
I think sometimes we get so caught up in works that we overlook that ONE thing He has called us to. What is that ONE thing for you?
I was struck by a video found on my friend, Mona DeFries Facebook page.
Mona and Larry have mastered the ONE thing concept and began Boundless Pennies. Right now she is the middle of her biggest challenge. For several years she has among other things, she has helped people with their dental work. In the beginning it was a challenge of perhaps $1500, BUT LAST YEAR THE LORD PRESENTED HER WITH A $80,000 CHALLENGE. She and Larry had never done anything close to that, but the need was so great.
She met a woman who could not open her mouth to eat. She is doing a fundraiser in a matter of weeks. Can you help Bonnie with her surgery needs?
I want to close with this video that shows the power of one: https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bufdir.no%2F&h=ATM6ptfNkIlc43sILTCy1oLiUinptK8UKVuzqwrpMotfLYwLMP4xse-FJhlRJKfj3UHu6V7LAH7lqQRFHZG8jDS-Jp3Re21qohYtEfWWerpgNkRV_GpyHKek9miIIveSnGusnIMvOLA5uFS87Ay6Z2glUrvAfVPhsh1RpZkVgVs9wKEzO5x4jNhnBZE3nmYImUaVV2jNYRpeN2iplmTPRYv9gQVT6JppsjbnI0Ey4fglNVMNAi8ugKw2hqyHgHLNZRgSncl_35l6dKJ7yQ