By Paul Clark
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalm 139:14 (KJV)
As my wife and I anticipated the birth of our first child, we received many forms of encouragement and advice from our loved ones. We were grateful for these words of wisdom, as the idea of being responsible for a life can be quite daunting, to say the least.
One piece of advice was a card from a resident here at Buckner Villas in Austin. It included the passage of scripture above. This verse is a great reminder that no matter our age or station in life, we are all made in the image of God and are each equally precious to him.
Deliesha and I are already learning what another kind of love can feel like and are truly humbled by the responsibility that we are given to care for our child and prepare her with a strong foundation for a life ahead.
This blessing from above reminds us that so many children go without a stable and warm home environment. Through no fault of their own, they are left wondering what they did wrong or what they might have done differently to change their circumstance.
Sometimes we need to step back to take a look at how we have been blessed and what we can do to be a blessing to others. Maybe it is mentoring a child or providing care for them, even if it is just for a short while. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it could be as simple as visiting or volunteering with elders who otherwise would not have anyone to make them feel loved.
Often, all it takes is recognizing these needs and making the time to meet them. We all feel too busy at some point, but the reality is just the opposite. If we are too busy to share our blessings, what does that say about our appreciation for them? Where would we be in this life if Jesus had decided that he was too busy for us?
Paul Clark is the associate director of marketing for Buckner Villas in Austin, Texas. He and his wife, Deliesha, have been married for six years and welcomed their daughter, Presley Alese, this past summer.
Prayer of the Week:
-God, with grateful hearts we thank you for your goodness in our lives. Open our eyes, we pray, to the needs that surround us and help us to be generous in sharing our blessings with others.
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