Do you have days when you wonder if you are doing all you can? I am not just talking about the proverbial ‘things to do list’. I am not talking about a ‘bucket list’ either. But I am talking about whether or not I missed an opportunity to minister to someone that needed consolation, encouragement, a listening ear, or advice. If I am trying to make each day a prayer and gift to God, then I need to use His eyes and awareness, I can’t just rely on my own. Relying on God’s eyes and awareness is like putting glasses on my heart, brain, and soul. The more I am aware of things, the more I can then try to do.
Emily Dickinson put it well:
“If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain”.
Now of course I believe that she is writing about metaphorical robins, too. Each day we can help someone who may be feeling weary or care worn. We can celebrate the joy someone is giving to others and acknowledge it. Whether we are shy or bold, there are ways we can encourage, ease suffering, and celebrate. When we do that, God can work through us. When we give Him that channel we do not live in vain. Amen!