So last night, just me and my boy were in the car as I was on the way to my in-laws house to drop him off so I could go to a moms night out with a few friends. On the drive, Landon was being especially obnoxious and was completely ignoring me each time I tried to talk to him. As he was starting to get to me more and more, I thought to myself, boy do I need this night out. No sooner did that thought cross my mind then did I see a homeless person on the side of the road. This broke my heart because it was about 7 o'clock at night and about 50 degrees outside, and all this poor woman had was a shopping cart and a jacket on her back. I immediately realized how what I was complaining about in my head, was discounting the things I DO have right here, right now. I was in a warm car (with heated seats by the way), with a boy I love to death, and on my way to enjoy a coffee at Starbucks while I spent time with some good friends. I felt so selfish for not being grateful for how blessed I am. I know its not bad to get stressed out, being a mom is full of ups and downs, and I am definitely bound to get stressed from time to time....but do I show my gratitude on a DAILY basis for the enormous amount of blessings I do have in my life? Am I truly aware of how much I have?
I know that God has placed a burden on my heart to serve, but I also know that I find plenty of excuses as to why I can't help do this or that. Sure I volunteer at church on occasion, but it's always when its convenient to me, its not much of a sacrifice or a burden on me.
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." -1 Peter 4:10
I pray that I will not turn away when I feel the calling. I pray that I will be able to use the gifts that God has given me and that I will be able to help others with God's help.
One idea that I have seen is creating a bag of "goodies" to always have in your car so that if you see someone in need, you will already have something packed with things they definitely need. Some ideas of what to put inside is: blankets, chapstick, granola bars, water, hand warmers, mittens, socks, etc... This is just a start, and I know that are many more ways to help out there, and I look forward to getting started.