Yesterday, my husband and I were out together. You know, that rare time alone.
We were Christmas shopping for our children. Later in the evening, we checked in to a hotel. We went to check out the fitness center. The tv was playing. That was the first I knew of the precious children and teachers who were killed. It’s so, so sad. I cannot imagine being one of those parents, looking at the presents wrapped for their 6-year-old daughter, already under the Christmas tree. I imagine them remembering the night before when she picked up that gift and shook it, trying to guess what was inside.
I don’t know the details of the shooting, and I don’t want to know. I didn’t read anything about it until just a few hours ago. I read the post that listed all their names and birthdates.
It broke my heart.
It made me feel like a shallow Christian. What am I doing for eternity? It is God that these people need. Not just the victims, but the shooter. He needed Christ. He needed the gospel.
So many are saying, “Teachers need guns!” No doubt it would’ve stopped today’s tragedy! I wish they had been armed!
But what about reaching the heart? What about reaching the lost and broken before they “snap?”
What can I do? How can I help do my part to see that the gospel reaches the hopeless?
I turned to the Psalms. “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper” (Psalm 1:3).
I want everything I do in this life to be prospered by the Lord. I want Him to give it His blessing. I want Him to give it a little nudge that gives it more power! I want to raise my children to serve God with all their hearts!
How can I prosper like this? How can God use me? Verse 2 says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”
As we read God’s Word, it transforms us. It gives us confidence when we are timid, words when we are speechless, boldness when we are afraid. If I live in His Word daily, He will make me just what He wants me to be!
As I thought on this, I asked the Lord to show me where to apply this! Immediately He brought to my mind a new ministry I am going to head up this coming year. I am so excited about it! It is a great opportunity to reach people! It is for young mothers. What better place to work than with those who are raising the next generation? I am praying that souls will be saved, and that these young women will determine to raise their children as they cling to the Word of God. I pray their children will grow up to live for God and love others, not hurt them!
May God forgive me on those Saturday nights when I dread the next morning. May He forgive me when I complain about not having enough money for things I want. May He especially forgive me when I complain about my messy house… at least my children are safe in their beds.
May He use me and help all I do for Him to prosper!