Friday, December 14, 2007

What Five Dollars Can Do

I post this cautiously, but I feel like I admit enough of my failures to the internet world, so it is okay to let you rejoice with me over something I actually managed to do right!

I am not looking for a pat on the back. I'm actually hoping to challenge you (and myself) to look for every small, seemingly insignificant chance to glorify God and show others why we are "different". When I say different, I mean forget "religion" and look at what a personal relationship with Jesus Christ looks like. I know so many of you who read this overflow with generosity that it is like preaching to the choir, but I'm going to share it anyway! I'd be interested to hear if you have any similar stories to share, too. with all that out of the way let me set the stage. Our elementary PTO hosts a "Santa Shoppe" where kids can bring money to school and buy inexpensive gifts for their family. I filled out #2 and #3's "budget" and sent some money in with them. I also included a $5 bill in a separate envelope to give to each of their teachers with a note explaining I wanted them to use this money for kids who may not have had money sent into school. This was the email I received this morning from #2's teacher:

I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. When I opened that extra envelope from you with the money for Santa Shoppe I started to tear up. In my five years of teaching, no other person has ever offered to help the kids who don’t have over the holidays. Santa Shoppe is always a tough situation for me when I have kids who were not sent in with money. I always feel terrible that they have to sit and watch the other kids shop when they can’t. What a true example of kindness to show your children. (#2) is an extraordinary young girl and through your example, will no doubt be the same through adulthood. Merry Christmas!

I cried like a baby after I read this! I wept because of the kids she spoke of. I wept because in five years no one cared enough to spare a little extra change to help someone else. Not because they wouldn't have if someone asked, but because they were too preoccupied to think about it. And, I wept at the kind words she expressed over #2, that she sees fruit in the seeds God has planted and continues to water in her heart.

And, that, my internet friends is why I decided to share this little story. To God be the glory.


The Gang's All Here! said...

OMIGOSH. That is the best story. I'm so glad for you and your girls that you followed thru on what was definitely an impulse straight from The Father's heart. It's a fabulous idea, and I'm so excited to hear of the hearts it already touched. Amen - To God Be The Glory!

Beautiful Grace said...

I am so proud that you heard the tender voice of Jesus and responded!!!

Jesus working through his vessel IS something to post!!! I love God stories...they encourgae me to be sensitive to His voice as well.

After our home school co-op on Tuesday, a bunch of the kids decided they wanted to hang out and window shop a the Capital City Mall. They split up into groups and went their own way (it's the "stage" I'm in with my kids ;o)

Anyway, we (I was hanging with another mom) came upon Fire and three other teen-type homeschool kids, gathered around two Salvation Army Bell-ringers.

As I approached, one of the ladies smiled and asked if I was Fire's honmeschool mom and the nurse.

She preceeded to tell me that the group of young people had donated money, while most of the adults walked by looking the other way.

I had the opportunity to speak to the ladies on the history of the Salvation Army (I feel a post coming on). William Booth was definitly hearing Jesus and responding.

Anyway, there you have it. Jesus flowed through Fire on Tuesday night, and He (Jesus) gets the glory!!!

Bless you!!!

Plain and Simple said...

You definately pulled at my heartstrings. I'm ususally not an emotional person with stories like that but I have to admit to tearing up.
THAT is why you are where you are!

Kelly said...

Praise God! This is what it is all about. I, too, cry for those sweet children who aren't able to shop, and am so glad you met the need for someone, and that your daughter is following in your footsteps.

Classic MaMa said...

Every time you write about the kid's school, I get excited because I love to hear how God is using you all in that mission field. Honestly, it must feel so good to be exactly where God wants you to be.