Friday, September 3, 2010

Call to Action!

"Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does."  (James 1:22-25, NIV)

I wish I had a buck for every person that told me that they were too busy these days to help or get engaged with parents who have special needs kids.  Sadly, I'd be a rich woman.  It seems to be reflex today that we use the demands of our lives to opt out of that which God has called us to do.

What does God call us to?  We are to comfort others.  (Isaiah 40:1, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5)  Provide for others less fortunate in numerous ways.  (Matthew 25:35-40, James 2:14-16)  Refresh the weak and weary.  (Psalm 41:1, Proverbs 11:25, Romans 15:1)  Throughout the Bible, the Lord calls us to be kind, generous and loving as He is.

So how does that affect a ministry like SNAPPIN'?  A person can be Christ to those who are struggling in numerous ways, many of which are fairly simple.  Of course, you can make charitable donations of funds.   But you can also donate gift cards for gas, groceries or restaurants as well as items for our gift baskets.  A person could be a contributing writer for our blog or monthly newsletter.   One very simple thing to do would be to add our Good Search/Good Shop tool bar to your computer which earns about .01 for each search you do and 3-20% for every purchase you make through this tool.  Some have offered to hold rummage sales or bake sales to benefit our organization.  Others offer their gift of time and talent to give parents a break by providing respite, watching children so moms and dads can actually go on a date or run an errand child-free.  Those who love people can step up to the easy task of sharing information at our booth during conferences or expos. 

There are as many ways to serve as your creativity can imagine.  The important point is that you do serve!  There is no doubt that our Creator wants us to get a little uncomfortable for one another rather than just saying "Amen" to that suggestion in a pew.  Look at how uncomfortable HE became on our behalf!

If this admonition today is a bit disturbing rather than the gentle encouragement usually offered here, it's because God is calling us to action.  Organizations like SNAPPIN' cannot exist without people catching the vision and being generous in every way they can.  It's time for all of us who call ourselves people of faith to show the world what we believe by our actions and not mere words!

*For more information on getting involved in serving, please contact us directly at snappin.ministries@gmail.com.

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