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Scripture Reference: Gospel of John 12: 1-7, Matthew 26: 6-13, Mark 14: 3-9
Discussion Point 11: “There is a sacrificial element to doing what you can.” – Elisa Morgan, page 75
As I re-read this chapter, I envisioned Elisa sitting by the side of her friend’s hospital bed as she died of cancer. I think about Elisa listening and receiving the “message” that she was to speak at her friend’s funeral. I feel her wrenching heart as she reluctantly took on the challenge to share words of comfort with her friend’s family and loved ones. Sometimes doing what you can is down right hard and quite scary.
However, we must not let our fears hinder us from giving ourselves freely to be God’s servants. I am thankful that God is opening eyes and moving hearts to prayer and service towards these African-American Boys in the “Hot Topic” series.
There are unlimited reasons why we, any of us, can not take action. Fear reminds us that we are unqualified, unprepared, and inadequate – that we simply don’t know what to do. How would people look at me? What would they think if I showed up?
Mary might have had those same troubling thoughts as she approached Jesus with the alabaster box, but she poured out her offering anyway. As she surrendered, Jesus silenced her critics, “Leave her alone.” In highlighting this truth, Elisa gives us a gentle reminder that fear (either of ourselves or of the peering eyes of others) does not come from the Lord. Simply be yourself, all of you that God created, and said was “very good.” Offer everything that is unique about yourself, humbly, sacrificially, and let YOU be enough. Give yourself away…
“Imagine: What might happen if I did what I could? How would I be changed? How would others be changed?”