This week has been filled with glorious opportunities to meet people and touch their lives with a little love and care. It has reinforced things I already knew - reminded me of the primary motivating things in my life and how quickly they get submerged under the weight of expectations and rules that have nothing whatsoever to do with anything useful!
You dont need a licence to love people. You dont need permission to pray for them. You dont need a theological qualification to show something of the life of Jesus Christ to people who are hurting, broken and in need. You just need to be a follower of Jesus, living out the example that He set such a long time ago. We dont read of people sitting in lines of seats, staring at the back of the head on front.. We read of someone who dined with the tax gatherers and prostitutes, prayed for those who were lame, or deaf, or blind, and gave them sight in every way. We read of someone who sat with the ordinary people and talked with them face to face. Someone who walked long distances on dusty roads and needed a drink of water from the local well.
When did we last walk on the streets of our cities? When did we last sit talking face to face with someone who is not our regular acquaintance or friend or fellow church-goer? Have we done any of those things in the last little while. Have we, by not doing these things, missed out on the exceptional joy of knowing that another human being has been encouraged, lifted up in their heart and mind, given hope for today and the future, by doing something simple that costs us nothing but time?
In most work you need some qualification or experience, job interviews, training, or a degree. But to touch lives, to pray, and love, and encourage, you just need time and be willing to give it. How wonderful to know that it is still true that the best things in life are free. What can we do with the free gifts we have been given and the time we have - perhaps just pass them on that others may share in our rich inheritance!