Today is Monday, June 24th, 2013; Karen's Korner #2596
Most Karen's Korner readers know about our local "Marys & Marhas", an ecumenical group of gals who have as our motto "Serving God By Loving Others". The M & Ms, as we are known for short, have been in existence some over eleven years now.
At our May meeting, we were offered a challenge which we have not had before. Kelly, one of our younger M & Ms, brought as a challenge and a few dollars. She gave those of us in attendance each $5 wrapped in an unmarked slip of paper. It was something which God had impressed on her mind for us to do: "Give your money to bless someone who you don't know,". she said. We were to bring what we did to our June meeting.
Some attended the meeting in June who hadn't in May; some who were at the May meeting weren't in attendance in June. Those who were in attendance at both meetings brought their remarks.
One had traveled to Indiana to see a son and gave her $5 to a homeless woman who was in a wheelchair. Another gave her money to a father and son in Seattle, Washington as she was on her way to Alaska on a trip. Still another gave hers to someone in Iowa City while their family was there for a doctor appointment.
Still others recounted stories of local gifts and reactions by their unfamiliar recipients.
We were not told to give our five-dollar bills to people locally nor farther away. But it amazed me that some of our 'gift money' made it to pretty distant locations.
Made me think about what an impact even a few people and small amounts can make. We can scatter our smiles, our positive words, or a handful of dollars. These small amounts may not change the world, but they definitely make an impact. Add them all together, they can 'make a difference' in Indiana, Washington, Iowa......and other places around the world!
"....some have special abilities in winning people to Christ.....
still others have a gift for caring for God's people as a shepherd does his sheep......."
~ Ephesians 4: 11
Dear Lord, thank You for Kelly and her willingness to reach out to others in this unique way. Thank You, too, for giving us opportunities each day to touch the lives of others in, and for Your Kingdom. Just today we want to give others Your Love, Your Care, or some other resource from You Heavenly Treasure Chest. In Jesus' Name. Amen.