As we do whatever we do (Sounding a lot like 1 Cor. 10:31) we can turn our thoughts to the things that lay on God's heart.
- As I cheer for my son (Go Jake!!!) I can give thanks for the food I was able to serve him this morning and the health he enjoys.What's happening on your Saturday?
- As I drive the hour to the tournament, I will consider the miles being walked by the frail and vulnerable masses in their search of food.
- As I sit in the sun and feel tempted to complain about the heat, I will pray for those who are longing for shade and relief.
- As I respond to my hot and sweaty child, I will rejoice in the privilege of having clean, cold water to give him to quench his thirst. And ice!!
I have to confess. Spending ALL day at a soccer tournament wasn't my idea of what I wanted to do on the last Saturday before school starts. I had plans. I complained. Call me a bad "soccer mom," but I have to be honest. Somehow thinking, praying, and giving in the direction of "Somalia on Saturdays" S.O.S. puts my day into perspective and changes my complaining to gratitude. God seems to be using S.O.S. to do some work on me, too.
What about you? Has your awareness of the suffering in Africa challenged you at all? Tell me how. Others will be encouraged to hear, too. I'd love it if you would take a moment to let me know.
As for me, I'll be sitting in the heat ALL day long, cheering for my healthy boy, drinking lots of water ... and giving much thanks while I ponder Somalia on Saturdays.