Daily Devotion Thursday December 16
It’s never too late to live your calling.
Some of you know I lost my mom several years ago. Our relationship was complicated and only later in our lives together did I realize that she was a mighty woman of God who wanted to follow Him and lead others there as well. I’d like to share a snippet of her story.
Due to health issues, she ended up in Assisted Living far sooner than one would have necessarily expected or wanted, but for her, it was a new lease on life. Caring for her surroundings and tending to her basic needs took up all of the energy she had so it left her drained for the things that gave her life and happiness. She was unhappy and unfulfilled. This led to worsened health, of course.
Mom was a piano teacher throughout my childhood and played all the time along with playing the organ for the church. She also enjoyed to read, knit and craft as well as other hobbies, but as she aged and became weaker, those things dwindled. She just didn’t have energy for them. When she went to assisted living, after becoming acclimated of course, she developed a few ministries that I believe gave her more years than we expected.
Mom began to play piano on Sunday mornings for the folks at the nursing home who were not able to go to church. She became very involved in a multi-denominational women’s group. She crafted and read like crazy. Mom developed a “prayer walking” ministry with her neighbors. They would all walk the halls in their walkers at the assisted living and would ask others if they needed prayer....then they would pray for them on the spot. See, she finally was able to get the rest she needed so that she could focus on the calling God put on her heart- her neighbors!
This reminds me of a few things:
So, in a way to honor mom, I want to encourage you to remember that you’re not done...no matter your limitations and that you can find fulfillment in any stage in your life. There is work to be done and YOU ARE THE ONE TO DO IT! Don’t limit yourself. Take a lesson from Zetta who I never gave enough credit to (so sorry about that, momma) and know that we all have purpose and a responsibility to find that purpose. Then go with it, even if it means you walk with your walker down the hall to minister. Your action will change lives.
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