Ever notice that God brings themed seasons into our lives? Sometimes it’s just a matter of bringing related topics across your path over and over in a short period of time. If I’m paying attention, that’s hopefully when I stop and ask him what he wants to show me. Sometimes he makes it clear right there and other times I just sense that I’m supposed to keep a heads up and watch. Here’s one of those times.
Over the past few weeks, the theme seems to be using gifts and talents to bless others. One after the other, we’ve come across numerous stories of people who uniquely serve others. Whether or not they even know or consciously serve God, I see great hope in seeing God accomplish beautiful things through his creation. As you watch these stories, maybe you’ll be as touched, challenged and inspired as we’ve been.
Healing Injured Children
Elissa Montanti has devoted her life to helping children who have been severely injured by crossfire or roadside bombs in war torn areas of the world. She “has little money and no training in humanitarian relief, but against the odds she has changed the fortunes of more than 100 crippled children, one child at a time.”
Painting for Japan
This artist is using her talent to creatively craft and sell artwork to raise money for the victims of the recent tsunami in Japan.
A Friend to Abuse Victims
This one somehow surprised me most. I’m not one to follow celebrities much. I suppose I feel like their lives make it pretty challenging to live in reality and so many appear to be rather narcissistic. Not sure if that’s realistic or fair, but it sure can seem that way. I don’t know much about David Schwimmer (Ross from “Friends”), but this interview we recently watched offered new respect for him. Apparently he has taken up directing and one of his recent projects is dedicated to calling attention to the dangers of sexual predators on the Internet. He talked about feeling a responsibility to use his celebrity stature and resources to help others.
Capturing Fallen Soldiers
Utah artist, Kaziah Hancock, paints portraits of soldiers, sailors and marines who have died in war and gifts them to their loved ones. She lovingly captures their likeness from photographs and then ships the portraits off to the fallen soldier’s family.
The world can be a pretty challenging place. All you have to do is watch the news or read the paper and there’s no denying it. But I’m thankful to ultimately know that God is in control and I love it when he gives us glimpses of his goodness and power through others. These stories have inspired us to ask God how he wants us to use the gifts he’s gifts he’s given to reflect the light of who he is to a sometimes dark world.