I have a little prayer taped to the computer monitor at my desk. I don’t really remember where I got it or how long I have had it. It simply states:
Jesus, what can I say or do today to demonstrate what You have done for me, and how can I be a blessing to others today?
Maybe this is another way to say the words we hear so often, “What can I do to be the hands and feet of Jesus?”
A few years ago, I was waiting for my doctor in an exam cubicle at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. A gentleman in the next cubicle was being evaluated to be a kidney donor, and I could hear the conversation. The medical team member asked him “Are you related to the recipient?” “No.” “Then how do you know her?” “I don’t really know her, but she goes to my church.” “Why do you want to donate your kidney to her?” “Well, she has been on the prayer list for over a year, and I thought I would see if I was a match so she can get off the list.”
Wow! Talk about unselfish. This gentleman offered the miracle of life to someone he barely knew. He was a miracle worker—the hands and feet of Jesus!
We probably don’t have the opportunity on a daily basis to actually save a life by donating an organ or stopping a crime or preventing a major crisis, but we do have the opportunity to touch a life by sharing a simple thought, word or deed. Perhaps a “random act of kindness.”
There is a student who comes in my office almost daily, just to give me a hug. Many days the timing of that hug is amazing. It comes when I am frustrated or tired. A quick hug, and I am a new woman, ready to go again. How does that student know when I need that hug the most?
We have many opportunities to put our faith in action in our school, our jobs, our churches—to be Jesus’ hands and feet. For some this may involve working in church ministries, distributing food to the hungry, caring for the sick, or challenging those who allow injustice to go unchecked. But maybe it is as simple as babysitting so a mom can have a much-needed break. Carrying groceries to the car or reaching something on the top shelf at Walmart doesn’t take but a few seconds but can mean so much to a senior citizen with an aching back. Grab the hand of someone who is hurting and say a prayer of love and encouragement. It could be the turning point in their life!
Until the time that Jesus returns, it is up to us to be His hands and feet. Be a blessing to someone today.
Written by Mary Susan Underwood, Director of Guest Relations