Just do... something

So... what does chapter 6 of the Old Testament book of Nehemiah, the New Testament book of Acts and a conversation between my daughter, Katie and her youngest son, Corey, have in common?

Well, friend, I am so glad you asked.  The first challenge came from teaching pastor, Kyle Idleman, to his listeners last weekend during his sermon to do something.  He had discussed for a couple of weeks the "law" of sowing and reaping.  You will sow apples if you plant apple trees. Of course.

I gently "plopped" on Frank's lap the other night, and being the kind, thoughtful husband he is, he did not grunt or sigh under the "weight of his beloved".  I whispered gently in his ear.... "I don't want to be fluffy, but I really like to eat."  He almost choked on his diet coke, and I was almost dumped to the floor with his laughter.  Now, "fluffy" is certainly defined in the eyes of the speaker of the word... but he understood my dilemma.  I will have to "sow" eating at least a little better and at least a little less, and maybe throw in some additional physical movement IF I intend to reap "less fluffy".
Do something...

Frank and I have spent almost a year walking through the book of Acts with a group of friends and are just coming to end of the last chapter - 28.  Verse 31 calls all believers to action:  "Boldly and without hindrance, he (Paul) preached the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ."  

The entire book of Acts allows us to peek in on the happenings of the early church and the spread of the gospel just as Jesus said.... "you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  They spent their days seeing the needs of others and meeting the needs of others... no matter the need... Just
Doing something...

So Katie's conversation with Corey:
            Corey:  Mommy, watch this.
            Katie:  I don't want to.
            Corey:  Awwwww.

A little further explanation and defense of this sweet little momma!  This momma watches all day every day my three precious grand boys who beg to be watched every single moment.  I had observed her "watching" the same feat that Corey had now completed 8,549 times (My exaggeration... just a little).  He was pushing a button watching the same little compartment open every single time.  She had watched with glee for the first 8,000 times... and with a gentle momma's thoughtfulness the following 549 times, but this 8,550th - she just didn't want to.  Been there?  She did, of course, watch one more time..
Did something...

So to pull it all together... What decision might you make as you read this that will determine a "something" you can do for a "someone" this week....even if you don't really feel like it.

A friend copied a text message to show me a thought on just this subject... just for this week.. rather than saying and even meaning, 'Please call me if I can do anything for you,'  try this:

I know you have so much going on in your life right now, and I want to be the very best friend to you that I can.  Please answer this question:  Can I make you a casserole for dinner on Tuesday, or could I take you lunch on Wednesday, or can I call you late afternoon on Monday to just chat for 10 minutes..

Sometimes, friend, our desire to not overstep leaves us missing such sweet opportunities to serve others.  Let me know how it goes...

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our afflictions, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 ESV

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