Thursday, June 12, 2008

Forward, Neutral, or Reverse....

All I can say is Wow!  My 5 year old had another Ah HA comment 2 nights ago.  I was saying prayers with the boys before bed and praying that they would move people forward in their walks with God.  After praying, Benjamin looked at me and said, "Mommy, What if we are in neutral or reverse?"  I had no clue what he was talking about.  My mind isn't half of what his is.  I mean that.  He thinks about life and really gets it.  It wasn't until I could process what he said that I understood.  What direction are you heading?  Often, I think I operate in neutral.   Sure I might read and do my quiet time and even be involved at church, but after you read the following, everything looks different. 

"I was hungry 
and you formed a humanities club
and you discussed my hunger.
Thank you.

I was imprisoned 
and you crept off quietly
to your chapel in the cellar
and prayed for my release.

I was naked
and in your mind
you debated the morality of my

I was sick
and you knelt and thanked God
for your health.

I was homeless 
and you preached to me
of the spiritual shelter of the 
love of God.

I was lonely
and you left me alone
to pray for me.

You seem so holy;
so close to God.
But I'm still very hungry
and lonely
and cold.

So where have your prayers gone?
What have they done?
What does it profit a man to page through his 
book of prayers when the rest of the world is
crying for help."

This was taken from the book Simple Faith by Chuck Swindoll.  
So my friend~  Leave a mark!  Leave fingerprints on someone's life.  He wants to use you...will you let Him?


Reba said...

That's great, Andi! Thanks for the encouragement. You are doing a wonderful job of writing some thought-provoking things on your page. Unfortunately, I couldn't get the song to play for some reason! I will try again later. I put a couple of new pictures up on mine... :)

Ang baylis said...

What an amazing post this morning, Andi!
Thank you for your prayers and for thinking about my mother! I love the poem you added and may just need to buy the book! He hears our prayers! I'm so glad you decided to share your life with us!

Much Love on this beautiful Thursday!
Angie xoxo

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Wow. Kicks us in the gut, huh? This is very convicting. However, sometimes, I am at a loss as to HOW to go about leaving those fingerprints. I mean yes, to those who walk into my life but what about those who literally are hungry, cold? This poem just makes me feel I need to do granders things...huge but I know that God does not expect us to save the world, feed all the hungry, shelter all the homeless.

Very thought provoking again on a day that seems my focus is on me and my trials of heartache.

Thanks, Andi, and thanks for visiting my blog and for your sweet compliments of looking forward to my writings. Feel free to read any past posts in your "free" time.

Robin said...

Welcome to the blogging world ! I love your posts. It is fun to see you as a young mother. You are doing a great job..keep praying with them and for them..God will bless you ..Mrs. Robin Brookshire

Tonja said...

I was familiar with that writign and it never ceases to move me. I think that we will be held accountable to God for those we come in contact with. When God puts a need right in front of us and either we don't see it or ignore it...we are surely grieving His heart.

"Open my eyes, Lord, to see the people that can use MY help."