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Blessed to Reach, Created to Outreach

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My life is made of weird philosophical moments.

One second I am sitting in bed watching "The Office," and the next my mind is consumed with questions. They used to annoy me. But now, knowing that these moments are really God working in my heart, I long for them.

My latest moment happened last week, after a day of serving at GRACE Marketplace in Gainesville, FL, which is a compound dedicated to providing food, clothing, lodging, and more for the homeless.

I sat in my room, editing photos as usual, when my stomach started to growl. So, I stretched my arm out and grabbed a bag of Cheerios off my nightstand. Without a thought, almost routine in nature. Then it hit me in a landslide of clarity. I was hungry, and just like that, I could reach out and not be.

If I wanted to watch TV, I could reach out and put on Netflix.

If I felt dirty, I could reach out and take a hot shower. 

In an instant, I can reach out and solve 99% of my needs while millions of people can't. Just think about this in your own life. How true, and also how sad it is. 

To know that not all of God's people face that same reality--just like the weathered, smiling faces who live in tents at GRACE--is heartbreaking. For these people, a hot shower or nutritious meal isn't as easy as turning a faucet or opening the fridge. It takes days and days to do what we can in one hour.

If this makes you feel an ounce of guilt for every moment you've complained about something trivial, then you're in good company. Because y'all, it's time to make a change.

To start outreaching instead of reaching out.

To give a percent of what we take.

To be the everything-changers and love-givers and care-providers and unselfish-servers that God longs us to be. 

So, what can you do to make a difference this week? No matter the scale, no matter the act. Just do something. Reach someone. Show your amazing, unending Jesus love, and never lose faith.

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

-Acts 20:35- 


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