A little over a month ago, I wrote about my daughters’ desire to help a hungry girl at their school lunch table and how we made the decision to pack extra in their lunches daily so they could give to her and any others who may not have quite enough: These lunches – my girls – could change her life. Just like He did so long ago, Jesus could take that lunch and multiply it exponentially. He can make it feed her body and her soul. He can take simple snacks and turn them into nourishment for her life. I pray He will.
He did. Through the simple act of packing a little extra lunch, a life has already been changed. “N told me we’re the only girls who have ever really been nice to her. She said we’re the only ones who care enough to bring her food when she doesn’t have any. She asked me why, Mama. She asked if you made us do it. I told her you wanted us to help her, but I also told her we do it because Jesus wants us to.” “What did she say?” I asked, anxiously wondering what happened next.
“She asked me who Jesus is, Mama.” With eyes pooling and heart swelling, I sat on the edge of my seat waiting to hear more. “Well? What did you say?” “I told her to meet me at recess and I would tell her all about Him. She found me and we talked, and I asked her if she goes to church. She said she didn’t, so I told her how Jesus came and died for us to save us from our sins. She wants to know more about Him, so she said she’s going to tell her mom she wants to go to church.”
“Awesome,” I said as she sat beaming. “When was this - yesterday?” “No, it was a couple of weeks ago - and guess what? She goes to church now. She told me she goes every week.”
That little girl found Jesus because of a bag of cookies.
I think of the words to an old hymn – Does the place you’re called to labor seem so small and little known? It is great if God is in it, and He won’t forsake His own. Little is much when God is in it – and realize just how great God truly is. Even though there are areas in which we lack ourselves, He is faithful to use what we are able to give, big or small, to touch the lives of others.
A cookie told the gospel, an apple brought life, a sandwich nourished the spirit, 10-year-old compassion changed her world. A simple lunch truly can change a life.
Matthew 25: 40 (NIV) – ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
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